OAKLAND -- A 31-year-old San Jose man was identified as the person shot to death Wednesday afternoon at an East Oakland apartment that police said was an unlicensed massage parlor where prostitution also occurred.
Police said Jian Jin had been at the apartment, part of a fourplex in the 2000 block of 16th Avenue, for a short time before two men forced their way in, robbed a doorman and shot Jin.
Police said they are still not sure why Jin was there or why he was shot, and investigators are trying to determine if anything was taken from him.
The suspects, at least one armed with a gun, forced their way in about 2:30 p.m. Besides the doorman and Jin, other people were present including some women masseuses, authorities said.
No one else was hurt and the doorman lost some personal items to the suspects, who fled on foot.
Police had to use interpreters to talk to the doorman and others present, who spoke several languages including Cantonese. Police said the apartment had tables and other items consistent with a massage business but that they also have information that prostitution was happening there as well.
Police said they believe the business had been housed there for at least two months, if not longer. It was unclear who owned the apartment complex.
Before Wednesday there had been no reports of violence or other illegal acts there, police said.
Jin's killing was the city's 10th homicide of the year. Last year
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $12,500 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the suspects. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3821 or a tip line at 510-773-2805.
Anyone who suspects a home or building to be a front for prostitution can call a police tip line at 5110-238-2373.