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Ralph Quarels and 17-year-old Willie D. Gilbert recent Oakland murder victims

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A 21-year-old man shot and killed in East Oakland on Tuesday night was identified by police this morning as Ralph Quarels of Oakland, police said. Quarels was killed in a shooting reported at 10:55 p.m. in the 5900 block of Bromley Avenue near Seminary Avenue, Oakland police Officer Frank Bonifacio said. He and another man were found suffering from gunshot wounds.

Quarels was pronounced dead at the scene while the other man, who has not been identified, was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition this morning, Bonifacio said. Quarels is the second homicide victim in Oakland this week, following the death of 17-year-old Willie D. Gilbert, who was found shot outside Highland Hospital early Monday morning, Bonifacio said.

Gilbert was a student at Dewey Academy at 1111 Second Ave., Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint said. At 12:16 a.m. Monday, when Gilbert was found outside of the hospital, a 22-year-old Oakland man also walked into the hospital with a gunshot wound. The man’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Bonifacio said police are still trying to determine if he and Gilbert were shot at the same time and location in Oakland. Investigators were looking into the possibility that the two were shot somewhere on Interstate Highway 580, possibly near 14th Avenue, but have not determined the exact location where either Gilbert or the 22-year-old were shot, Bonifacio said. No suspects have been arrested in either shooting, Bonifacio said.

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