Violent Crime

Recent Grad Aya Nakano Fatally Shot In Oakland After Car Collision

Aya  Nakano

An Emeryville man was fatally shot in North Oakland late Wednesday, an hour before his 23rd birthday, after getting into a confrontation with two suspects who had rear-ended his car, police said today.

Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said the victim, Aya Nakano, had recently graduated from the University of Oregon and was driving back to his Emeryville home after playing basketball with friends at a UC Berkeley gym when the collision occurred at about 11 p.m.

He was driving west on Stanford Avenue near Market Street when he was rear-ended by the suspects’ car, Watson said. Nakano then “did the right thing” and turned left onto southbound Market Street then pulled over at a bus stop in the 5800 block of Market, ASA Liquors, Watson said.

He was then confronted by the two male suspects, and one of them shot him, Watson said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police don’t believe that Nakano, who would have turned 23 today, knew the suspects prior to the collision, she said.

The suspects’ vehicle is described as a newer-model four-door silver sedan, according to Watson. Police have not released a description of the suspects.

Oakland police have around 2,000 cold-case killings going back to the 1960s, and have solved homicides at a lower rate than the national average in recent years.

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