5 teens arrested in slaying of off-duty paramedic in Oakland


Five teens have been arrested in the slaying of an off-duty paramedic in Oakland who was shot in the head two weeks ago at point-blank range.

The five boys, two of them just 14, were taken into custody in connection with the killing of Quinn Boyer, 34, a San Jose paramedic who was inside his vehicle, police told the Oakland Tribune.

The suspects pulled up in a vehicle alongside Boyer and opened fire about noon on April 2 at Kellar Avenue and Hansom Drive in the Oakland Hills.


Boyer, who died two days later, had dropped off his father after taking him to see a doctor and was alone when he was shot, The Tribune reported.

Police said the boys were arrested Monday and Tuesday. Two are 14, one is 16 and two are 15. Police said they did not believe that the youths are gang members. The motive for the killing is unclear.

“I’m deeply concerned about an unacceptable and disturbing trend where robberies and other crimes are being committed by young people 13 to 17,” Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said. “Young people are finding it very simple to point a gun and shoot someone.”

Boyer was recently married and was remembered Tuesday in a memorial service that attracted hundreds of people, including Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and other officials.


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