Oakland – A UC Berkeley employee who remained paralyzed and unable to breathe or eat on his own after being shot multiple times near Lake Merritt in a road accident in July 2020 has died and his death was ruled a murder, authorities said.
Quoc Tran, 32, from Auckland, died on November 14 in a long-term care facility. Authorities said an autopsy revealed gunshot wounds to his death, making this murder in Oakland 128th this year.
The suspect, with two criminal convictions, was arrested the day after the shooting and charged with 11 felonies and misdemeanors, including attempted murder. Authorities said the complaint against the suspect, 25-year-old Jamon Hill from Oakland, would be amended to include a murder charge.
Tran, who has worked as a planner / planner on the UC Berkeley campus since March 2018, was shot dead inside his car around 11:19 a.m. on July 27, 2020, at the intersection of Second Avenue and International Boulevard in the Eastlake area.
Authorities said Tran was worried about someone recklessly driving and stalking him in a Lexus, and he photographed the car.
Police said Hill, who was a different driver and did not know Tran, got angry, drove up to Tran’s car and started shooting at him.
The court documents say that the shooting was recorded on video surveillance in the area. The next day, Hill was seen driving a car in East Auckland. He refused to stop for police and drove off at high speed, eventually crashing and running out of his car in the 3100 block of 61st Avenue, where he tried to hide a few yards before his arrest, the documents say. Authorities said a loaded, unregistered pistol was found in the car, but it has not yet been established whether the pistol was used to fire at Tran.
After the shooting, Tran opened a GoFundMe account. His death was announced on the website; in the update, Tran, who was known as “Coco” in the family, was called a “warrior” who “fought to the very end.”
In the message, he was described as “considerate, respectful, generous and kind” and as someone who “lived the life he loved. He was so grateful to his loving friends, colleagues and family. His mom was his everything.
“Please remember his infectious laugh, his strong heart, his kind soul and his love of life,” the publication says.
Even after his death, people continued to contribute to the fund, whose original purpose was $ 50,000. As of Friday morning, he has raised $ 52,294.
In a statement, Felix DeLeon, director of operations at the University of California, Berkeley campus, said Tran was “instrumental in developing some of our processes,” including the COVID merchandise store that operates on campus.
“Over the past year since the incident, we have witnessed his strength, dedication and courage,” DeLeon said. “He was a valuable member of our team and will be sorely missed.”
Charges against Hill, who is being held without bail, include charges of attempted murder, shooting at a busy car, shooting from a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm with a prior conviction, possession of a firearm by a criminal, carrying a loaded firearm in town, carrying hidden firearms in a vehicle, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person and willfully evading a police officer. He is also facing two administrative offenses – driving from a collision point. The charges include a special allegation that Hill was released on parole at the time of the shooting.
According to court records, Hill has previously been tried in two criminal cases since May 2015: assault with a semi-automatic firearm and unlawful sexual intercourse. The documents say he was sentenced to prison in an assault case and received a suspended sentence in a sexual rights case. He pleaded not guilty and is due to appear in court at a pre-trial hearing on January 20.