Walnut Creek: Man Wounded in Sunday Night Shooting in Critical Condition

May 27, 2014 12:14 pm · 53 comments


A man is in critical condition today after being wounded in a brazen shooting at a busy Walnut Creek intersection on Sunday night, a police lieutenant said.

The 36-year-old Sacramento man and a woman had just left a concert at the nearby Concord Pavilion and were stopped in their Mercedes at a red light at the intersection of Ygnacio Valley and Oak Grove roads around 7:50 p.m. when a masked man in a car next to them shot into their vehicle, Walnut Creek police Lt. Steve Gorski said.

The suspect then exited his vehicle and fired several more rounds at the victims’ front passenger-side window.

Gorski said the man was shot several times and the woman, who was driving, suffered injuries from a ricocheting bullet.

The suspect fled in a car and was last seen heading north on Oak Grove Road.

Both victims arrived at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where the man remained in critical condition as of this morning.

The woman was treated and released.

Police said investigators are interviewing multiple witnesses and attempting to identify the suspect, who was described as a black man in his 20s with a medium build who is about 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall and wore a three-hole mask, T-shirt and blue jeans and was armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

The suspect vehicle was described as a light-colored Honda or similar four-door sedan.

The incident prompted numerous phone calls from people in the surrounding area who either saw or heard the shooting, Gorski said.

“A violent crime like this is rare in Walnut Creek,” he said.

Investigators continue to search for additional witnesses and are asking anyone with information, including surveillance footage near the scene of the shooting, to call Walnut Creek police at 925-943-5844.


the other jj May 27, 2014 at 12:21 PM


Rob May 27, 2014 at 12:42 PM

So… there has got to be a lot more to this story, its not very often someone just decides to shoot at a car and then when the car stops for the gunman to stop and keep shooting…

CCW May 27, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Police were minutes away when seconds count.

warbirds45 May 27, 2014 at 12:43 PM

On an earlier post, someone commented on the type of individuals that attend each type of concerts, ( different music venues ), and the outcome after the concert is over.
All you would have to do is check the police logs for a given night, and parallel them with the concert’s that have taken place.
I guess you could look at the RAP sheet, pardon the pun!
The Walnut Creek officer said this is a rare event, it is a sign of the times.
The Santa Barbara incident, is know a daily occurrence!

Cody May 27, 2014 at 12:49 PM

This just confirms what I have been saying for the last few years that Walnut Creek has gone downhill. Its not a ghetto but definitely not the nice area it used to be 20 yrs ago. Lots of thugs and trash live there now. Sad.

JET May 27, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Interesting that the passenger window didn’t shatter when it had multiple gunshots fired in it? I know Mercedes offered bullet proof glass on some packages, but it is a hefty amount from what i recall. Perhaps the driver/passenger were driving a car that was bullet proof for a reason (i.e. they were not the most upstanding citzens and never knew if someone would try to take them out?)

CallOfDuty May 27, 2014 at 12:52 PM

City should close off Clayton Rd and Ygnacio Valley Rd. Make it one way in and one way out via Kirker Pass. Filter out the trash and keep it flowing in/out of pittsburg.

SF CityGirl May 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Cody you are mistaken. This is a rare event to occur, because the perps and victims are not from around here. Hence the article establishing that the victims are from Sacramento, in addition this matter seems personal. By now the girlfriend should be looked at closely too…

@JET May 27, 2014 at 1:05 PM

My experience has been that you are correct. The windshield is laminated and usually looks like this, but the other windows that are safety glass blow out. In this case, I think there may be a simpler solution though. It appears he has window tint film (probably illegal) that is acting as a laminate and holding all the shattered glass together.

Anonymous May 27, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Other news agencies are reporting that the shooting wasn’t random. Crime happens everywhere including Walnut Creek/Concord.

@ Cody May 27, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Just the opposite Cody, Walnut Creek is a beautiful place to live and getting very upscale…Low life gravitate where the money is to rob and bring people down. Just because an out of town loser drives through goes to a Concord Concert and shoots someone, does not reflect on the City of Walnut Creek.
you are most likely angry you cannot afford to live here.
Ask any Walnut Creek Police officer…this city is the safest!

annoyed May 27, 2014 at 1:18 PM

First off some of you morons don’t even know if the person lived in the area that did the shooting. Assuming just makes you look even more stupid. And personally I’d rather live in pittsburg then Concord @callofduty. Walnut Creek is a bunch of overpriced houses nothing else makes you any better then the surrounding towns. Get over yourselfs.

Mr. Pink May 27, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Certainly doesn’t sound random. The fact that the suspect got out of his car and shot multiple times at the passenger. No theft, etc. Victim and suspect likely know each other. At least I hope so. Seems pretty over-the-top for “road rage.”

J Frank May 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

17 bullets?
But…isn’t that illegal?!

ihaveajob May 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM

If you are not from Walnut Creek you will more than likely stick out like a sore thumb. Word to your mother… if you don’t live here, pass through without shooting, robbing, stealing, starting fights, or trolling for hot rich girls. Because you will be profiled!!! I don’t make the rules is what it is… A BUST!!!

jk May 27, 2014 at 1:32 PM

I see the poor man shot is in critical condition…but the woman was released.
they are from sacramento…long way to come to get shoot…if he survives..hop the next mercedes will be bullet proof…sad when you have to
get a bullet proof car so the bad guys cannot shoot at you…what happened
to our wonderful government that is suppose to care…and get a ballot to get rid of guns…but the bad people will still be able to get them….I hope the poor man does survive and know he will never come to concord again…

CallOfDuty May 27, 2014 at 1:35 PM

#12 annoyed – cool p-burg is more befitting for you. wc is overpriced for people of your caliber.

Cody May 27, 2014 at 1:45 PM

@ #11

Actually I lived in WC about 5 years ago, so I speak from personal experience.

PS – now I live in Alamo, so not jealous of WC at all

GoGo Gomez May 27, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Sounds like a hit to me…what does this guy do??

MadMom May 27, 2014 at 1:51 PM

These are some of the stupidest comments I have read on this site. And that’s saying something! Crime happens everywhere. Where you live doesn’t define who you are. How you live does.

Elwood May 27, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Who knew Gladys Knight was so ghetto?

ClayDen May 27, 2014 at 1:51 PM


Walnut Creek is actually close to the safest city, Clayton.

CallOfDuty May 27, 2014 at 1:52 PM

who cares if its a hit. trash is trash. ghetto trash got hit in transit via a place where trash does not belong.

hit? road rage? trying to play real life gta? who cares. none of my business. the fact is trash does not belong here.

Nelson Muntz May 27, 2014 at 1:54 PM

>>(warbird) I guess you could look at the RAP sheet, pardon the pun!<<

How can we pardon you when you don't know what a pun is?
Or is it that all Black performers e.g. Gladys Knight, are now Rappers?

Nelson Muntz May 27, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Cody, please explain how people who don’t live in Walnut Creek, who were victims of a crime at the East entrance into WC, show that WC has gone downhill? If this happened on Stone Valley Rd, would that be an indicator of how Alamo has gone downhill(like the murder in town a few years ago.) Or would it be a random event that has nothing to do with the local denizens?

Pleasant Hill Resident I May 27, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Hmm… The fact that the female was only injured by ricocheting bullets makes this situation even more “shady.” Everything seems extremely calculated. Why not try and take out the woman, too? I hope the male victim recovers shortly.

And seriously, y’all are ridiculous: Walnut Creek VS Alamo VS Pittsburg, etc. They all have very different pros and cons and obviously cannot be compared apples to apples. Regardless, those pieces of commentary are not relevant to this article as the victims are from out of area and happened to be shot up (under very extreme and suspicious circumstances) while leaving a concert in the area. This obviously isn’t the norm for our dear ol’ Claycord.

Yhe Phantom May 27, 2014 at 2:05 PM

17 rounds, two wounded, one critically, and no apparent self defense returned fire?

Not a professional, probably Blood/Crip gangsta!

Can’t shoot straight.

Concord Mom May 27, 2014 at 2:23 PM

The shooter had a mask? Got out to fire more shots…. Goodness, sounds like a planned ‘hit’ to me. Just a thought.

wibbly May 27, 2014 at 2:29 PM

range time needed

Tiffany May 27, 2014 at 2:51 PM

My money is on Diana Ross. Was the suspect wearing any sequin and have lots of hair and makeup? Have the police investigated her?

My Two Cents May 27, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Gee, 36 year old dude with a 23 year old…the female victim treated and released…suspect is early twenties….hmmm….I’m not a detective but I know who my first suspect interview would be!! Go talk to the chicks ex boyfriend!! Tupac er uh I mean the the male victim is still critical. I hope he pulls thru!!

Kathy Clark May 27, 2014 at 4:32 PM

@Cody, Walnut Creek has not gone “downhill”. Neighborhoods are nice, clean and with low crime. Walnut Creek remains a great place to live. Unfortunately, others come into Walnut Creek to commit crime, primarily party goers who flock to downtown Walnut Creek nightlife. The people injured on Sunday night were passing through Walnut Creek and are not from here. I would wager the suspect is not from Walnut Creek either. WCPD has said that this was not a random act. Walnut Creek just happened to be the place where the shooter caught up with the victim.

D-SHOT May 27, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Sure getting dark around claycord these days.

Former sac town May 27, 2014 at 7:50 PM

If these people were from Sacramento the ghetto Capitol of Northern California I would guess the woman’s ex boyfriend is the trigger guy! Not much good ever happens in the bowels of Sacramento they are gangstas or wannabes! When I lived there I could count on one hand the nights I didn’t hear gun fire in the 6 years I was there. I couldn’t wait to leave that hell hole! Seeing this was an R&B old school concert I wouldn’t doubt there were a lot of people there from Sacramento!

Chester E. Kitty May 27, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I agree with most of you … check out the gal that was in the car and her background. Seems a little strange that she is fine and her passenger is in critical condition. Remember that guy in Boston back in the 80s? Charles Stuart? He claimed his wife was killed in a car jacking? Then later on he became a suspect….hmmmmmmm……

Cracky McGee May 27, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Perfectly positioned traffic cameras at that intersection where the shots were fired ….

sherry h May 27, 2014 at 9:41 PM

@ClayDen Clayton is no safer than other nearby cities. I lived there for 15 years. My family has experienced crime in Clayton first hand and know of many, many more crimes that should be shared with the residents but is purposely kept hush hush. They just keep it quiet so people think it is safer there. ALOT of it is not made known to the public Wake up people! I work there and you should see what walks downtown everyday. Stop living in denial. It happens everywhere. False sense of security.

tony bant May 27, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Claycord uses fake photoshopped photos. The photo of the victim’s car is fake. All the other news organizations stated that after the victims were shot at 14-17 times, severely injured, then ambulance arrived and rushed them to ER. So how did the car drive itself to John Muir Hospital? Standard WC Police procedure is to tow the car to a secured parking lot for criminal evidence. The WC Police did not tow the car to John Muir ER! And look at the photo- fake props of gloves dropped on the ground! Was that for effect?

CLAYCORD.com May 27, 2014 at 10:17 PM
Concerned Citizen May 28, 2014 at 3:56 AM

Sadly, these types of occurrences seem to be becoming the norm in our own localized Fallujah to the north. It’s been known for years throughout the more civilized regions of the East Bay that Walnut Creek has been on the cultural decline in every conceivable socio-economic metric. Like a semi-pleasant kitchen marred by the fact that it is inhabited entirely by a unruly population of degenerate vermin.

While it would be more pragmatic for them to just turn their guns onto themselves, eliminating each other provides the same result, which in the end is best possible outcome for everyone involved, particularly ourselves who are relegated into the position of living withing earshot (no pun intended)

WC_Resident May 28, 2014 at 8:02 AM

that is a poverty/welfare s-class.

@tony bant May 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM

You are an idiot.

DidHeDied? May 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

So did he died?

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire May 28, 2014 at 4:30 PM

@DidHeDied?, #43: do he done went and dood dead?

@ warbirds May 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM

I wish they would do a side by side look into these types of occurances. For as many years as this concert has taken place with little to no incidents its now being lumped into the RAP catagory. As the songs do promote violence, sundays concert is far from RAP but of course the ignorance of many want to say its a RAP thing and hide the fact that they really wanna say its black people that cause these things.

Shame that this town thats just minutes outside of Berkeley, protest central, that there is still ignorance.

DidHeDied? May 28, 2014 at 6:06 PM

#44, so he dieded to death?

DidHeDied? May 28, 2014 at 6:17 PM

#44 cool story bro

brig May 28, 2014 at 7:10 PM

@34 –I;m guessing you lived near South Sac? Sacramento is HUGe. You go from very modest to multi million within miles all over the city. Rancho Cordova is a little ruff but it’s nothing like Oakland.

Mohammud May 28, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Rap attracts lowlifes, the kind who support travon martin and oscar grant. There was one rap singer that night amongst the old school R & B who attracts pimps and hos from International Blvd. in E. Oakland and Baypoint.

@44 May 28, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Laughing so hard it hurts!

@@44 May 29, 2014 at 8:36 AM

#50, ur sides bro?

The 100% Solution May 29, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Just build that wall between Concord and Walnut Creek. That solves the problem by keeping the rodent culture of Concord OUT!

Josh Wilks May 29, 2014 at 10:05 PM

It is interesting that the people defending Walnut Creek have TERRIBLE grammar!
My guess is that they are not well educated, work blue collar jobs, and spend most of their paycheck to live there. Of course they will be defensive of their city when they have invested all they have to live there. I’m sure it makes them feel better about their terrible education.

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