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Drugs suspected in slaying

OAKLAND -- A 27-year-old man was shot to death late Sunday in what police suspect might be a drug-related killing.

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Nathaniel T. Holt was found about 10:43 p.m. Sunday in a driveway in the 2300 block of 23rd Avenue. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene at 10:55 p.m.

Homicide Sgt. Jim Rullamas said Monday that Holt, a familiar figure in the area even though he had a North Oakland address on Canning Street, was confronted by a man who then shot him. The suspect fled on foot and has not been apprehended.

Rullamas said police, however, have several reasons why they cannot rule out that drugs played a role in the killing.

For one, the area where the shooting happened, which many refer to as "The Twomps," has a history of drug sales and related violence.

Also, Holt has a drug-related conviction for which he went to prison, authorities said.

The Alameda County Coroner's Office listed Holt's occupation as a warehouse worker. The coroner's office said Holt had one child, a daughter.

The killing was Oakland's 93rd homicide of the year. Last year at this time there were 81 homicides.

Crime Stoppers of Oakland is offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the killer. Anyone with information can call police at 238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 238- 6946.

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