An Oakland grandmother is this East Bay city's latest casualty of violence after she was struck and killed Wednesday night by a stray bullet, making her Oakland's 124th homicide victim this year.
Ramona Foreman, 48, was walking home from the store with her sister along the 9100 block of International Blvd just before 7 p.m. when gunfire erupted across the street.
One of the bullets ended up hitting the grandmother - the youngest of nine siblings - who was just blocks away from her home when the shots rang out. She just happened to get caught in the crossfire. Police say she was a completely innocent victim.
Foreman's loved ones say she was a beautiful person, who took care of her elderly mother and loved her grandchildren.
"She was a sweet beautiful girl," said Foreman's sister, Lea Foreman. "My Momma called her, her 'Sunshine Baby.' "
Police spent the day going door to door along International Boulevard, interviewing neighbors and looking for leads. They believe there were witnesses to the shooting and are hoping someone will come forward with information.
Sgt. Christopher Bolton says Oakland police are committed to finding the people responsible so Foreman's family get see some justice.
"Losing anyone under any circumstance is difficult around the holiday," he said. "And when it is as violent and unnecessary and needless as this, it must be much more hard to deal with."