Berkeley Woman Dies, Oakland Man in Critical Condition Following Shooting Near Lake Merritt

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A Berkeley woman is dead, and a man is in critical condition following a shooting Tuesday morning in Oakland near Lake Merritt, police said.

Officers were sent just before 10 a.m. to 614 Grand Ave. where Kume Spa and other businesses are located. Officers were sent following a report of an active shooter situation, according to police.

Oakland officers say prior to the shooting, the woman parked a van in front of Kume Spa. The van had a dog inside and messages scrawled all over the windshield.

"Some lady came in and shot a gentleman and then shot herself," said John Latt, Oakland Property Manager. "It sounded like it was a domestic incident."

The Oakland Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place on Grand Avenue Tuesday, authorities confirm.

Both victims were taken to a hospital where doctors tried to save the woman's life, according to police.

Police believe the shooting was not random and that investigators believe there is no threat to public safety, police spokeswoman Officer Kim Armstead said.

A source told NBC Bay Area the woman walked into the spa's break room, shot a spa employee who she was dating and then turned the gun on herself.

Both were transported to a local hospital. The man remains in critical condition and the woman was pronounced dead.

One of the bullets pierced the wall of the cafe next door to the spa, whizzed by the head of an employee and shot a jug.

Latt said things like these happen in the street all the time, but said "for it to happen in the building is extremely rare."

A witness said the alleged shooter dropped flyers on the ground before walking into the spa. Much like the messages on the van's windshield, the flyers include jumbled references to an Oakland landlord and allegations of animal abuse.

It's not clear how those messages are tied to the shooting, if at all.

Animal control arrived at the scene to recover the frightened dog from the van and is on its way to Oakland Animal Services.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to please get in touch with the Police Department's homicide section at (510) 238-3821.

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