Police say a California artist was completing a public art project intended to fight violence in his community when he was murdered mid-painting Tuesday.
Antonio Ramos, 27, was part of a nonprofit artist’s collective working on installing murals under underpasses in West Oakland, a neighborhood plagued by “drugs, poverty and homicides,” according to the Oakland Tribune.
Ramos, of Emeryville, reportedly had an argument with a man who was not part of the group. As their disagreement escalated, the gunman shot the muralist and ran away, police said. Ramos was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Police reportedly discovered Ramos, who had been shot multiple times, after hearing a report of gunshots in the area. The gunman is still reportedly at large.
“I’m just here just looking at it and realizing this is the last place I saw him,” a childhood friend of Ramos tells the San Fransisco Chronicle. “How do you do something positive and still get shot for it?”