OAKLAND (KCBS) – A 19-year-old woman died at an East Oakland motel after being shot in the face, police said Thursday.

The woman was found lying in a pool of blood at the Starlite Motel around 3 a.m. by a friend who noticed the door to room 11 had been left open, said Sgt. Randy Brandwood.

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“It sounds like this other individual came to check on the lady, and for whatever reason the door was ajar,” he said.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

The victim was declared dead at the motel at 10000 MacArthur Boulevard on the corner of 100th Avenue, an area rife with violence, drugs and prostitution.

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Brandwood said the woman who was killed was known to police because she had a criminal record, but he would not confirm whether she was a prostitute.

Her murder was the third one recorded in Oakland in less than 48 hours. The city has seen 7 homicides since Friday and 63 for the entire year.

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