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* Paris Powell Murder Suspect Vehicle Photo

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Police say they are looking for a suspect vehicle in the fatal shooting of Paris Powell, an Oakland resident known for feeding the homeless. The vehicle, wanted in connection with Wednesday’s shooting on the 1000 block of 47th Avenue, was described today as a turquoise Ford Windstar minivan, with a make year of 2001 or more recent. Powell was shot around 12:30 a.m. while he, his wife and two stepchildren, ages 3 and 7, were handing out food to homeless people.

His wife, who is pregnant, was grazed by a bullet and the 3-year-old received a minor flesh wound. He was pronounced dead at 10:25 a.m. Wednesday. There is a $25,000 reward being offered for information in connection with the shooting. Powell, known as “Brother John” to some, was the president of the Rise Above Foundation, an Oakland-based non-profit organization that offers  support for abused women and programs to feed the homeless.

Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 or CLICK HERE to send a confidential email tip, if you have any information that can help solve this crime.

Por favor llame la línea de Los Fugitivos en 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) o texto en 408-355-0999 o haga clic aquí para enviar un email a [email protected], si usted tiene alguna información que pueda ayudar a resolver este crimen.

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