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Oakland police are asking the public for tips in the unsolved homicide of an 18-year-old man who was hit by a stray bullet from a shooting on April 10, authorities said Thursday.

Demetrius Roosevelt Fleming, who police said would have been 19 on Thursday, was a passenger in a truck with friends who were traveling in the area of 68th Avenue and International Boulevard at 6:37 p.m. when a stray bullet from a “unrelated shooting” struck him.

Police said the motorist drove to the 1400 block of Havenscourt Boulevard, where Fleming died after lifesaving measures from police officers and medical personnel. No one else in the truck was injured, police said.

Wenceslao Garcia, the lead homicide investigator for the case, said on Thursday that “This senseless act of violence took the life of a young man who should be celebrating his 19th birthday today, with family and friends.”

“Help us to solve this case and bring those responsible to justice,” Garcia said. “We ask our community to please provide any information in this investigation.”

According to a gofundme page, Fleming attended Berkeley City College and worked at Dollar Treet. “Demetrius was a devoted family member and community member, who truly cared for others… he was also an intern at Berkeley Youth Alternatives and an involved member of his church, Acts Full Gospel.”

Anyone with information about this incident should call Oakland police’s Homicide Unit at 510-238-3821 or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 510-777-8572.

Lauren Hernández is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: lauren.hernandez@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @ByLHernandez





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