More Death in Oakland as Rideshare Driver Gunned Down
The rampant crime wave in Oakland continues as a rideshare driver was shot and killed while just trying to make a living in the increasingly violent city.
The man was fatally shot just outside Oakland’s Little Saigon neighborhood. He was working as a ridesharing driver when two assailants tried to rob or carjack him before gunning him down just feet from his car, Oakland police said.
𝗪𝗔𝗥𝗡𝗜𝗡𝗚 ⚠️ this video provided to me by Kon “Patrick” Fung’s family is stunning & disturbing.
2 suspects approach 52-y/o Fong & demand he get out. When he doesn’t he is shot & killed.
The whole thing took less than 5 secs Sunday AM.
(Thread ⬇️) #StopAAPIHate #Oakland pic.twitter.com/ziPDEiKlX5
— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) July 19, 2022
Kon Fung, 52, of Oakland, was killed just after 11 a.m. near 13th Avenue and East 21st Street, according to the Oakland Police Department. His death, the city’s 63rd homicide this year, was among three killings just this past weekend alone in Oakland — a tally that Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong lamented as “tragic.” He vowed to shift resources to the nearby Little Saigon neighborhood in an attempt to cut down on crime there.
“We are troubled by the brazen act of violence that occurred here,” Armstrong said during a news conference at the location where Fung was shot. “Our community is suffering.”
Chief Armstrong said that two men approached Fung apparently with the intent to rob him or steal his car. He was then shot and left to die while the assailants fled. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Crime has been running rampant in Oakland just as it has been in Chicago, New York, Baltimore, and other Democrat-run “blue” cities. Fung was one of three people killed in a 60-hour span in the city. Last Friday night, July 15, a 52-year-old man was fatally shot after getting into an argument with another person he knew at the Lake District Apartments at Harrison and 15th streets. Another man was fatally shot at about 5:30 a.m. that following Monday in the 10400 block of Pippin Street — a killing that brought the city’s homicide tally to 64 for the year.
At this point in 2021, Oakland police had investigated 73 homicides. The California Highway Patrol has also investigated four homicides on Oakland freeways.
Fung’s death has sent shockwaves through the surrounding community. The police beat that includes the Little Saigon neighborhood, which is a few blocks to the west of the murder and stretches from 2nd Avenue to 14th Avenue, has become the most violent neighborhood in the city.
Nolan Wong, owner of International Coin at 9th Avenue and International Boulevard, said he and fellow business owners in the area say they hear of crimes nearby almost daily.
“Every single day, there’s something,” Wong said after listening to the chief. “Something has to be done.”
A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest for Fung’s murder. Anyone with information about the shooting can call Oakland police at 510-238-3821 or 510-238-7950. Crime Stoppers of Oakland can be contacted at 510-777-8572.