Bay Area Briefs

Monday September 23, 2002

Man shot, killed on 580 

RICHMOND – The Richmond Police Department says a 20-year-old Vallejo man was gunned down on the Regatta Boulevard on-ramp to Interstate Highway 580 early Sunday morning. 

Officers summoned to the intersection of Regatta Boulevard and Erlandson Street at 2:30 a.m. today found the bullet-ridden body of Kamal Rasheed Moore lying beside Golden Gate Gas Station, Lt. Johan Simon said. 

The Contra Costa Coroner determined that Moore died at around 1:30 a.m. Evidence suggests that Moore was shot on the freeway on-ramp as he was driving a rented 2002 Dodge Neon. He then got out of the car and started to run away from the gunman, who continued to shoot at Moore until he collapsed, Simon said. 

Police found his car abandoned on the on-ramp with the engine running and the windows shattered, Simon said. 

Richmond Police say they have no suspects and no motive for the murder. 


Tiger attack victim released 

PALO ALTO — An investigation into whether a tiger that attacked a 6-year-old boy was under proper control by its handlers is expected to be forwarded to a state agency Monday. 

The attack occurred Friday during a Baymonte Christian School assembly in Scotts Valley. The 150-pound female tiger, Sima, lunged over a row of seats and clamped its jaws around the kindergartner’s head. 

“It’s really not a question of whether the tiger bit the child or not; it’s going to be a question of whether the tiger was under proper control by the handler,” said Scotts Valley police Sgt. John Wilson. 

The report will be forwarded to the Department of Fish and Game, which will decide whether to recommend the county prosecutor press charges. 

The boy sustained two 5-inch cuts on his head, which required 55 stitches. It is unclear whether the gashes were caused by the tiger’s teeth or by the silver medallions on the handler’s belt. 

The boy, whose name has not been released, was discharged from Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto on Saturday. 

Police have asked David Jackson, director of Zoo to You Wildlife Education Inc., which owns Sima, to keep the tiger confined.