Man shot in head while feeding the homeless

OAKLAND — On the often-unforgiving streets of East Oakland, he is known as “Brother John” to the dozens of homeless and downtrodden fed for more than a year by the 29-year-old man and his family.

Brother John and his wife would cook a hot meal at their home and with their young children in tow — first in a pickup truck and recently in a van equipped with a hot-plate — drove a regular route to make sure the less fortunate had a decent meal.

Early Wednesday their acts of kindness ended in one of the worse ways imaginable. Someone in a vehicle opened fire on their van moments after they served up a fish dinner to one of their regulars.

The man, who is the stepfather of the children, was shot in the head. He was on life support Wednesday. His 35-year-old wife was grazed on the shoulder. One child, a 3-year-old girl, was hit in the arm. She and her 7-year-ols sister were left screaming hysterically.

Their names were not released. The wife told police she and Brother John were both ministers working at a foundation for battered women.

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One Response to Man shot in head while feeding the homeless

  1. elron says:

    maybe should have stayed home and minded their own bizwax

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