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Witness Describes Fatal Shooting In Downtown Oakland

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An eyewitness testified today about his horror at seeing a San Francisco man fatally shot in the middle of one of the busiest streets in downtown Oakland last April.

The man, who asked that his name not be disclosed, said he had just come from working out at the Club One gym at Oakland’s City Center when he saw DL Raney, a 22-year-old Richmond man, shoot Keith L. Head, 22, at close range at Broadway and 13th Street at about 10:20 p.m. on April 23.

At the preliminary hearing for Raney today, Raney’s lawyer, Andrew Steckler, suggested that the witness didn’t actually see the gun go off but the man insisted, “I did – I saw the defendant (Raney) point-blank aiming at his (Head’s) chest.”

The man said, “I saw the gun raised, saw the flash and heard the pop.”

The witness said that after the shooting, Raney made eye contact with him, said, “What’s up?” and then took off on foot.

The man said that after Raney left, he ran up to Head, whose rap name was K.O. Da Bandit, and tried to encourage him to try to stay alive by telling him “everything will be O.K.” you’ll be fine.

The witness said, “I was praying to God” that Head would live and he wondered, “Did this just happen?”

But the man said that a short time later Head’s eyes stopped moving and his eyes collapsed and turned gray, indicating to him that Head had died.

Raney interrupted the man at one point by saying, “You’re lying, man,” but Alameda County Superior Court Judge Trina Thompson told him to stop talking and be quiet.

A friend of Head, who also asked that his name not be used, testified that he and Head were hanging out downtown after getting food at the nearby Burger King restaurant when a man ran up to Head and shot him at close range.

The friend said he saw the man’s face but he couldn’t identify him because he didn’t see his face.

Head’s friend said the shooting “was quick” and the man “was coming at Keith and was coming fast.”

The friend said, “The next thing I know he (the man) pulled out a gun and shot him (Head) one time in the chest.”

The shooting was captured by video cameras from several nearby businesses and the footage was played in court today.

The videos show two men running across Broadway at 13th Street and the suspect then shooting the victim.

The victim got up and ran about a half a block to a sidewalk before collapsing face first, the video showed.

The eyewitness to the shooting testified that Head “face-planted” on the sidewalk.

The preliminary hearing is expected to conclude on Wednesday. At the end, Thompson will rule on whether prosecutors produced sufficient evidence to have Raney stand trial on the murder charge.

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