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* Oakland Police ID Vershawn Baskom as Shooting Victim from 12th and Franklin Streets

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The Oakland Police Department has identified a man who was fatally shot downtown this morning as 42-year-old Vershawn Baskom. The shooting happened at about 2:45 a.m. at 12th and Franklin streets. Officers learned that Baskom was walking down the street and got into an argument with the suspect, Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said. When the argument escalated the suspect pulled out a firearm and shot Baskom. Medical personnel arrived and transported Baskom to Highland Hospital, where doctors pronounce him dead.  There have been 93 homicides in Oakland this year. Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited. Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text at 408-355-0999 if you have any information that can help solve this crime.

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