Google Job Candidate Killed in Oakland

Monday, Jul 19, 2010  |  Updated 5:30 PM PDT
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Google Job Candidate Killed in Oakland

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A man from Fairfax, Va., who was in the Bay Area for a job  interview at Google was shot and killed in downtown Oakland late Sunday  night, police said.

     Patrol officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Webster  Street at about 11:30 p.m. after police received reports of gunshots and  people seen running toward 20th Street.
     
The officers arrived and found the victim, identified by police as 45-year-old Jinghong Kang, had been shot at least once. He was  pronounced dead at the scene.
     
Kang had a job interview scheduled Monday at Mountain View-based  Google and was staying on the Peninsula, police spokesman Officer Jeff  Thomason said.
   
 He had visited Oakland to have his teeth cleaned by a female  friend who works as a dental hygienist, Thomason said.
     
Kang and his friend were walking back to his rental car from the  dental office so she could help him program directions into his GPS device  when two men approached them and demanded money, Thomason said.
     
Both victims were pushed to the ground, and the woman heard  gunshots, Thomason said. The men then fled without taking anything, and the  woman realized her friend had been shot.
     
Google today released a brief statement in response to the  shooting.
     
"We were saddened to hear about the death of Jing Kang," the  statement read. "Our hearts go out to his family in this difficult time."
   
 Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the  Police Department's homicide section at 510-238-3821.
 

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