UPDATE: Apparent Gang-Related Double Shooting Under Investigation in Concord

September 4, 2014 16:57 pm · 35 comments

Police are investigating an apparent gang-related shooting in Concord on Tuesday night that left two teens wounded, a police lieutenant said today.

The victims, aged 18 and 19, were taken to hospitals to be treated for gunshot wounds and are expected to survive, Concord police Lt. Steve Dyer said.

He said the shooting happened around 8:50 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of the Solano Foods market at 2191 Solano Way.

Investigators learned that the two victims had been standing with another man near a parked car in the lot on Solano Way and Overhill Drive when an unknown suspect walked up and opened fire, Dyer said.

The victims got into a car and drove to nearby John Muir Medical Center.

The 18-year-old was treated for a gunshot wound to the arm and the 19-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.

Dyer said the shooting appears to be gang-related and remains under investigation.

Police described the suspect only as “an unknown male wearing dark clothing” and armed with a handgun.

This shooting is being jointly investigated by the Major Crimes Unit and Violence Suppression Unit. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Concord police Detective James Nakayama at (925) 671-3478 or the police department’s anonymous tip line at (925) 603-5836.

RELATED STORY: Two People Reportedly Shot in N. Concord

Justin September 4, 2014 at 5:01 PM

CPD couldn’t catch a cold, much less gang members. The problem is bigger. We need to talk about zoning, housing, and how we effectively use our money in this town to keep garbage like gangs from taking root in the first place.

ISIS September 4, 2014 at 5:14 PM

You wear Red?
I wear Blue.
What, You wear Blue,
I’ll kill you!
Or something like that – A one way ticket to San Quentin.

Horse n around September 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM

That’s right Justin. Keep blaming the Police. I mean come on, it’s their fault that they can’t be everywhere at once. It’s their fault gangs and low lives have come to Concord. Funny how when a gang shooting happens no one sees anything. But once a police officer is involved EVERYBODY has a camera out taking videos! Yes the problem is bigger. But it’s not the police who make the laws. They are here just trying to enforce it. I hope that when you vote for our next City Counsel members, you will vote for someone who really wants to make a difference in Concord.

Question for Edi Birsan September 4, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Since Edi is a regular here, I’d like to ask him a few questions

1) What are YOUR ideas to reduce the violent gang activity?

2) What are YOUR ideas to deal with the growing homeless issues?

3) Do you have a good working relationship with the police department and are you able to work in partnership with the police?

4) Can you ensure that the city leaders are doing everything they can to make the city a safer place?

anonymous September 4, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Oh my heavens I just read that if we keep the sales tax increase that the money will go to fight gangs. What a strange coincidence that this story was released by the PD

Anon September 4, 2014 at 6:01 PM

All the comments must have been deleted by this site. Wonder why?

North Concord September 4, 2014 at 6:23 PM


Sick Of It September 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Police described the suspect only as “an unknown male wearing dark clothing” and armed with a handgun.

These idiots won’t “snitch” but if and when they grow the F up and have kids and want a real life they are going realize the cops are not the enemy. Gangs…………how pathetic.
The two idiots should be charged with endangering the store owners and everyone within distance of the bullets.

NoMoreFreeRide September 4, 2014 at 6:41 PM

They come here to work! And who is going to pay for their hospital bills…let me guess!

concord September 4, 2014 at 6:54 PM

North concord is such a waist of space all them nortenos just a waist of space

concord September 4, 2014 at 6:57 PM


jesus September 4, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Thats crazy man i drive everyday around there and have friend on Solano.

Don Diego September 4, 2014 at 9:43 PM

They came to America looking for a better life.

concord September 5, 2014 at 9:24 AM


Music Man September 5, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Birsan does NOT have a good relationship with the Police Department

Anonymous September 5, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Let’s raise taxes and fight gangs!
Oh wait we already did that.

PhilthyPHRESH September 5, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Great description.

SK September 5, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Why does everybody keep complaining about gang problems in Concord when already have the biggest gang in America, the police department, roaming our streets!


Darwin September 5, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Without the police department you would be a VICTIM!

Tom September 5, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Somebody needs to get to these kids before they join gangs.

I don’t know anything about gangs, but from what I’ve heard, the one thing they all have in common is they have it rough at home.

Having it rough at home is not an excuse to join a gang. But these kids need an “alternative” to gang life, whatever it may be.

A Boys and Girls club? A Big Brother?

Baseball, football and basketball…….

Gregory September 5, 2014 at 3:28 PM

where are your kids? right now.

anon September 5, 2014 at 4:24 PM

About 20 years ago the CPD had a gang task force called the SET, Special Enforcement Team. There were 2 Cops that did a great job dealing with the gangs. We have a lot more gangs now. Is there a gang task force?

Anonymous September 5, 2014 at 4:57 PM

I grew up in a city with a “Gang Squad” where officers who usually came from a gang background and left the lifestyle behind get to ride around in unmarked cars all day actively “Hitting Up” gang members only to tackle them and arrest them the second they start flashing gang signs or attempt to draw their weapons…. It is an extremely high risk job as the officers essentially go around dressed as gang members but I would be more than happy to be the first volunteer for the job….

Also… ever thought of a gang injunction CPD? where it would literally be illegal for known gang members or affiliates to even wear their colors in their neighborhood?

Tom T. September 5, 2014 at 9:09 PM

I agree with Anonymous, but this may fall into that ACLU b.s. I see it in the Concord barrio, young kids ready to join the gangs. Mom and Dad leave the kids alone, too young to be left alone. The pinche pandilleros become the surrogate family. If people come here for a better life, leave the old life’s customs behind. It didn’t work there and sure will not work here. There is a reason why they are here.

anon September 5, 2014 at 9:42 PM

A lot of interesting comments here, but a lot of them off base–I know who these two are who got shot. They don’t live in that neighborhood, they don’t wear colors, they’re from the US and they’re just a couple of punks (along with all their buddies) who cause trouble all the time in their own neighborhood. Gang affiliated or not, they are in and out of trouble all the time. The police are on this street frequently, haul one of them off for possession or intent to sell or whatever and then they’re back on the street in a few hours. Concord needs to get tougher.

Sandy W September 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

I live in this neighborhood. I was born in the US. I am not a gang member, nor have I ever been a gang member. It is up to good citizens to keep an eye out for each other. To report issues to the police in a timely fashion. To be willing to testify if asked. If citizens would be diligent about fulfilling our responsibilities to one another, the police would be better able to cover their responsibilities. The police were never meant to do it all alone. If good citizens will not support each other and a good orderly society, we will not have a good orderly society to enjoy. To support each other we need to know each other. Who is your neighbor? Could be me, or could be a gang member, or maybe it is just someone you think is a gang member. When you point a finger there are more pointing back at you, so what are you doing to improve the safety in your neighborhood? I am interested to hear back from each of you.

NoMoreFreeRide September 5, 2014 at 11:02 PM

How many of you were left alone as kids while your parents worked and did we all become gang members? I think not.

EdiSays September 6, 2014 at 4:04 AM

“We’ve got to get the word out about gangs because it keeps showing up… It’s the biggest fear factor people have and it just doesn’t exist here in Concord.” -Edi Birsan, 4/11/2014

Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_25548466/concord-leaders-want-change-citys-image

Speaks for itself, really.

FamilyGuy September 6, 2014 at 6:18 AM

Witness the changing of your culture. You do not understand because it is new to you. Welcome to Amexica. Just like anything, if you have to work for it (i.e. learn english, apply for citizenship) you will have great respect. But when it is simply given to you (i.e. healthcare, welfare & “path to citizenship”), there will be no respect.

Sick Of It September 6, 2014 at 9:03 AM

One shooting and the police suck. One shooting and its gangs. One shooting and the parents failed. How about one shooting and they all go spend years in prison, the idiots that got shot too as they are frequent flyers back logging the courts with this AB-109 nonsense.
“We don’t have the prison and jail cell space” well I wonder why? Could it be CA has over 10,000 raping, child molesting, murders living it up with all the sex, food, medical and shelter to live a long life? How about fire up The Chair and make some room for the idiots that spend some time locked up and turn their life around.

@sick of it September 6, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Firing up the chair to make room would cost the state more money in the electricity they use and the cheap funeral cost. Anyways, make a prision in the middle of the sea and not the bay, call it “Hoodlum Paradise”.

@sick of it September 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Write YOUR city council and ask why programs such as the gang enforcement unit and special enforcement teams were eliminated!

While you’re at it, ask Edi Bursan why he would make such as assanine statement as was previously posted!

@sick of it September 6, 2014 at 1:07 PM

While you’re at it, ask Bursans buddies, Harmesh Kumar and Terry Kremin if they support Bursan’s statement about the gang problem “just doesn’t exist”

biggus thinkus September 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM

@Sandy W
Atta girl, well said!
Moved to concord in 2001, happy with where I live. I’m not super chummy buddies with my neighbors, but we’ve all been human enough to back each other up when the woot hit the fan. we’ve had medical emergencies, burglaries, car crashes, and whether or not we appreciated “mr brown’s loud car” or “mr green seems a bit uptight” or “mr teal isn’t from here, i wonder if he’s ‘one of those’ “, we’ve backed each other up.
we do what we do because we’re human. you?

cash September 7, 2014 at 3:33 PM

time to bring back the substation

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