A well known Sikh was shot dead driving his ice cream truck in a neighborhood in East Oakland, California. Jasvir Singh was shot dead after a gun man approached his ice cream truck at 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon between 92nd and 94th avenues.
Jasvir was shot 5 times before the gun man ran through backyards to escape.
A witness who saw the shooting said he witnessed the ice cream truck crashing into a parked car after he heard shots being fired.
Jasvir Singh was the second man shot dead in the town last week.
The mayor of Oakland made the following statement:
“Every loss of life is tragic and that is why safety will continue to be my highest priority,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement Sunday. “There is something especially poignant when someone engaged in a positive and innocent act — like painting a mural or bringing ice cream to children — is taken by senseless violence.”
On Sunday, there was a single memorial candle on the sidewalk where Paula said Singh crashed his van into a parked car during the shooting.
“I heard five shots and came to my front door,” she recalled. Certain that the gunman had fled, Paula ran out to the van and found Singh slumped against the door. “I couldn’t open it, but the police came really quick,” she said.
Paula said Singh appeared to be alive when he was removed from the van, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, leaving neighbors searching for answers.
“I don’t know what to say,” one woman said as she pushed a cart along the sidewalk. “Everybody is shocked about the ice cream man.”
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the killer. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
Contact Matthew Artz at 510-208-6435.