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Off-Duty Oakland Paramedic Quinn Boyer Shot While Driving Still In Critical Condition

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An off-duty paramedic who was shot while driving in the Oakland hills on Tuesday is still in critical condition today, police said. Oakland police identified the victim as Quinn Boyer, who has worked for Santa Clara County Ambulance for the past two years. Sgt. Arturo Bautista said it appears that someone in another vehicle shot Boyer shortly before noon Tuesday and that Boyer then crashed his car down a ravine in the 5200 block of Keller Avenue. Bautista said the motive for the shooting is not yet clear, although police are looking at the possibility that it may have stemmed from a robbery attempt. He said police haven’t identified a suspect or made any arrests.

Santa Clara County Ambulance spokeswoman Monica Gomez said Boyer’s colleagues are concerned about his situation and that the company has brought counselors to its office to talk to employees. Gomez said Boyer has been a paramedic for five years, the past two with Santa Clara County Ambulance. Gomez said employees are still coping with a tragedy that befell another colleague, Bryan Stow, who was beaten two years ago at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles after the San Francisco Giants played the Dodgers on Opening Day. Stow suffered brain damage and his treatment is ongoing. Oakland police said anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the homicide unit at (510) 238-3821.

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