Man found fatally shot in West Oakland identified; police believe victim was killed elsewhere in the city

OAKLAND — A 36-year-old man found fatally shot Wednesday morning in West Oakland was probably killed in another area of the city before he was brought to the site where he was discovered, authorities said Thursday.

That means the city now has 79 homicides for the year, one more than all of last year. Of that total, 74 of the killings, including the man found Wednesday, are classified as murders, one fewer than all of last year.

The man killed Wednesday was identified by police as Oakland resident Noel Santillan.

Santillan was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds about 1 a.m. Wednesday in the 2000 block of Wood Street.

Investigators now “strongly believe” he was shot elsewhere in Oakland before whoever killed him brought him to where his body was left, police said.

But citing the on-going investigation, police would not say where they believe Santillan was killed or what evidence they have to support that.

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 may call police at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.

Staff writer George Kelly contributed to this report.

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Author: Harry Harris