UPDATE: Walnut Creek Police Seek Information On Two Suspects Involved In Thursday Night Shooting (VIDEO)

May 22, 2020 16:53 pm · 62 comments


The Walnut Creek Police Department (WCPD) is asking for help in identifying two suspects involved in a shooting that occurred in the 1200 block of Newell Avenue on Thursday night.

The following information is from the WCPD:

On May 21, 2020, at approximately 6:23 p.m., the Walnut Creek Police Department responded to the report of gunshots heard in the area of the 1200 block of Newell Avenue. Officers arrived on scene and located bullet casings, shattered glass and drops of blood in the area.

At approximately 6:36 p.m., officers learned that two adult males were transported to local hospitals for gunshot wounds related to this incident. Both males sustained non-life threatening injuries and are in stable condition.

Officers located video surveillance of the parking lot, which showed two suspects armed with handguns approach the passenger side of a parked vehicle.

At the time of the incident, one victim was seated in the passenger side of the parked vehicle. The suspects, who were wearing face masks, immediately shot at the victim. The victim was struck at least one time. The driver of the parked vehicle, identified as Detroit, Michigan resident John Rankin, returned fire at the two suspects and struck an innocent bystander, who was seated in a nearby vehicle.

The shots fired by Rankin also struck a second vehicle that was parked in the parking lot. The suspects fled the scene in an unknown make and model vehicle. At this time, the suspects have not been identified.

The suspects are described as dark skinned adult males driving a light colored sedan.

As a result of the investigation, John Rankin was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Shooting into an Inhabited Vehicle.

Today, the Walnut Creek Police Department is releasing this video and asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects. At this time, a motive for the shooting has not been determined.

If anyone has information regarding this incident please call Detective Leonard at 925-256-3523.

{ 62 comments… read them below or add one }

Ricardus May 22, 2020 at 4:56 PM

I hope that German Shepherd is okay.


Superstitious Aloysius May 22, 2020 at 5:11 PM

I do believe that “light colored sedan” is in fact a silver Audi A5 coupe.


1791 May 23, 2020 at 7:48 AM

Yes it is. 2007-2011 A5 2 door coupe. Also known as a First Generation, Pre-Facelift”. Hard to find the production numbers.

The Observer May 22, 2020 at 5:15 PM

Detroit meets Oakland in Walnut Creek.


Joatmon May 22, 2020 at 5:24 PM

My car identifying days are a bit rusty but it looks to be an Audi, possibly an E-Tron?


1791 May 23, 2020 at 7:50 AM

Definitely an A5, 2007-2011 coupe.

MattfromConcord May 22, 2020 at 5:25 PM

“ Detroit, Michigan resident “

Unmmm what???? Shelter in different state??


dude May 22, 2020 at 5:26 PM

The shooters are driving a late model Audi A5 or S5 coupe 100%


BORbeliever May 22, 2020 at 5:37 PM

Did this John Rankin not know that Gov. Newsom says that non-essential travel is not permitted at this time?


The Fearless Spectator May 22, 2020 at 5:55 PM

Was he cited and released for nonessential travel?

I understand felonies are graded in degrees. Is shooting people a high or level level felony?

Is it politically correct to say “dark skinned adults in a light colored sedan”?

Walnut Creek is an expensive place to live because for the most part it has kept the riff raff out. There are a lot of black SUVs in W.C., this could have been so much worse. Another reason not to tint your windows.


Cellophane May 22, 2020 at 6:04 PM

The man from Detroit broke Newsom’s nonessential traveling order.

That alone should qualify him for at least a ticket.

But I think this shooting was a hit. So these guys must be criminals.

That’s a free pass in CA.


ChuckStir May 22, 2020 at 6:07 PM

Kind of odd, Rankin does not shoot first then defends himself and is arrested. Sounds like W.C. PD is trying to look good with an arrest. Based on the above mentioned incident not sure why he was arrested..


lovelace May 22, 2020 at 6:58 PM

I think he was arrested for being a lousy shot.

Kettleblack May 22, 2020 at 7:40 PM

He was wildly shooting over his shoulder while running away, he had no idea what he was shooting at. Self defense doesn’t permit you to lay down suppressive fire in a crowded public area.

1791 May 23, 2020 at 7:57 AM


If you think THAT was self defense, I pray to God YOU don’t own any firearms.

Jeff May 23, 2020 at 8:31 AM

The best DA Becton would go for is carrying a concealed weapon, Ranking is allowed to defend himself.


1791 May 23, 2020 at 10:42 AM


If you’re going to go down the self defense rabbit hole, the only thing that even resembles “self defense” is his first shot at the Audi. Even that shot is taken with blatant disregard for proper return fire. Watch the video again. The muzzle of the gun is pointed toward the right front tire of the Audi he exits his vehicle and you’ll two muzzle blasts, one at the tire and one toward the roof. No clue what he’s shooting at, what’s beyond his “intended target”, or how to use that weapon. That ain’t self defense, that’s reckless endangerment. His third shot? That’s just criminal.

Jeff May 23, 2020 at 12:42 PM


I could never find in the penal code where good marksmanship is required. Sorry, a good attorney(PD) will have this down to concealed carry in fifteen minutes. Hey, WCPD could have written it up as 664/187 Attempted Murder if they wanted to.


Anonymous May 22, 2020 at 6:10 PM

If I was parked right down there getting a Casper hotdog and I saw that. I honestly would prob ram straight into the shooters car so they ain’t going nowhere, if anything try to hit them


Anonymous May 22, 2020 at 8:36 PM

Ram into them and lose your life to gunshots? Go right ahead my guy

anon May 22, 2020 at 6:37 PM

Damn out of towners.


Anon May 22, 2020 at 6:38 PM

Parked in a handicap space, too.


Silva May 22, 2020 at 6:40 PM

The way I read it he returned fire but shot an unrelated person sitting in another car. He needed to be arrested.


RANDOM TASK May 22, 2020 at 6:59 PM

was waiting for this to happen and now that it has
expect more like it ….

but no worries the DA has stated many a time that anyone of color will be plead out …..

The suspects are described as dark skinned adult males driving a light colored sedan.

self rehab no fines and a promise not to do it again
the DA has spoken …you are fodder for a democrat chaos scheme meant to control you with fear …soon you will pass another tax hike to curb the crime that the politicians created with the help of democrat DA and media

stay at home or be shot is what you are being told now

I would guess these guys wont even be caught and if so will be plead out as usual

wow just wow

be safe and fend for yourself no one is helping you …the police are all tied up by political lethargy


Ani May 22, 2020 at 11:31 PM

“control you with fear”

You may want to re-read your own post there, Random.

DVC Student May 22, 2020 at 7:33 PM

0:20 – Look how reckless Rankin, driver of Escalade, is when he’s firing randomly even though his front passenger & an innocent person sitting in the next car over are in the middle of the cross-fire. Turns out that the other 2 shooters already returned to their car while he was shooting in the direction of his passenger & the innocent person.

This is exactly how 3 y/o’s in a stroller are shot & killed cuz these Hoodlum Thugs just shoot randomly.


hehaseesaw May 22, 2020 at 9:41 PM

Thats a dog not a person in the driver seat waiting for its owner to return back in the blue vehicle next to the escalade.

Anon May 23, 2020 at 6:24 AM

Shooting a dog is Okay? Let me call Peta…….even DA Becton wouldn’t be able to drop charges then.

1791 May 23, 2020 at 8:24 AM

There’s a person sitting in the black car next to the vehicle that the dog is in. Maybe a Datsun 280Z? Looks like they lean forward to see what is happening then slump over after getting shot.

ML May 23, 2020 at 3:45 PM

@DVC student,

I hope you mean you hate being wrong, that’s pretty reasonable. Admitting you’re wrong when you are is the mark of a reasonable person and, in my opinion, commendable.

Because you have admitted you’re wrong I will take your arguments more seriously when I disagree with you, for whatever that’s worth.

WCresident May 22, 2020 at 7:35 PM

This obviously isn’t random. I say either a drug robbery or personal beef. Car model is obviously an Audi. C’mon WCPD


ON DA May 22, 2020 at 7:44 PM

sanctioned creeps


DVC Student May 22, 2020 at 7:51 PM

0:19 – Driver jumps out & large bag of pot drops from his lap onto the asphalt.

They just finished their drug deal with each other at another location, then the silver car followed the black Escalade to the shopping center & tried to rob them of the pot they just sold them so they can keep the money & the pot.


WCresident May 22, 2020 at 8:08 PM

Good catch. Looks to be a pretty large amount. Full ziplock. Just a drug robbery gone bad, doubt anyone was supposed to get shot. But when everyone is packing a gun, something’s bound to happen

Original G May 22, 2020 at 9:53 PM

BUT, But, but, progressive liberals running this state told us in 2016 Prop. 64 would fix the problems of pot.

“The proposition would provide an environment where marijuana is safe, controlled, and taxed.
The proposition would decrease black market and drug cartel activity.”

An they said it would reduce criminal justice costs by tens of millions of dollars annually.

Yet in 2019 budget, newsom wanted to up money spent on enforcing cannibals regulation enforcement by 51%.

An back in 2016 they spent $31,013,416.87 to make sure Prop 64 passed . . . . . .

Why is it when their fantasy pipe dreams fail it always costs us more taxpayer dollars ?

ML May 23, 2020 at 10:01 AM

After close review it appears the “large bag of pot” is Mr. Rankin’s hat. Prop 64 had no influence on the wearing or dropping of hats.

Local Lady May 23, 2020 at 10:19 AM

That’s not a bag of pot, it’s his hat that falls off. There is something that falls from the victim’s lap as he exits the rear door and then he falls on it. Can’t tell what it is.

1791 May 23, 2020 at 10:46 AM

Local Lady,

Good catch on the hat. Looks like a red cell phone the guy drops then kicks it away while falling.

DVC Student May 23, 2020 at 2:13 PM

After reviewing the video more carefully, I stand corrected.
Those of you are right – It is the driver’s hat that falls off his head onto the asphalt.

I hate admitting defeat.

Anon May 22, 2020 at 7:56 PM

Where’s their masks?
Why are they parked in a handicap spot?
Did you cite them for littering….Cup?

BTW, you can start using your contact tracing on CRIMINALS.


Original G May 22, 2020 at 8:38 PM

Well now, CA already has half of nations homeless here.
Why not half of nation’s criminals.

Lets see, what are the advantages for them, gun laws in this state mean likelihood of their victims being armed is very low.
State has been for years emptying it’s state prisons.
An has been coming up with ways to make charging a criminal with a Felony more difficult.

Why not come to CA to do crimes.


Anonymous May 22, 2020 at 10:16 PM

So, the legalization of pot is going exactly how everyone but the potheads predicted.


Sam May 22, 2020 at 11:02 PM

We didn’t vote for that. That was Newsom who sold corporate weed.

Darwin May 23, 2020 at 9:07 AM

California voters passed Prop 47

Bob Foo May 23, 2020 at 2:11 PM

How is this related to “pot”?

Aunt Barbara May 22, 2020 at 11:07 PM

The wexpensive makes of cars tells a tale… Bad news Black bears


Ani May 22, 2020 at 11:37 PM

I know, right? Silly ruffians, don’t they know we only allow white collar crime in Walnut Creek?

T-Rex May 22, 2020 at 11:37 PM

The only ones I feel bad for are the bystanders.


Kentucky Derby May 23, 2020 at 10:08 AM

I totally agree.

adam May 23, 2020 at 12:04 AM

It is very obvious that it was gang and drug related. The occupants of both cars were armed, and even though it seemed that the driver of the SUV was shooting in self defense, I very much doubt that the gun was legally in his name, or he had a carry permit!!

I am not sure why they were in WC, but that area is not too far from the freeway! However in any case, we CANNOT have these thugs come to our area!!


Aunt Barbara May 23, 2020 at 12:24 PM

looks like they went out the wrong exit for the fastest freeway entrance.. It’s a one way street where they turned. Would not want to be in their way when they tore out of there.

1791 May 23, 2020 at 8:09 AM

STOP using the term “self defense”! These are complete idiots that have no idea how to use the sights on a firearm. And suggesting the possibility this jackass had a carry permit???


Jeff May 23, 2020 at 5:13 PM


Sorry, but Rankin fired back to defend his life, granted that he’s not very good. Actually I’m surprised that he did not turn the gun sideways….hood style.

Fifteen years in law enforcement.

Weig May 24, 2020 at 11:36 AM

1791, I’d love to see you hop out stand still and aim down your site for a perfect self defense grouping. This ain’t the movies.

1791 May 24, 2020 at 4:21 PM


If he had responded properly, Audi boy would be past tense or trying to drive himself to the hospital and no innocent bystanders would have been in harms way.

Jeff May 23, 2020 at 8:36 AM

Have no fear citizens of Walnut Creek, 108RS is 10-8, with his trust sidekick…formerly of CoCo.



Nutcreek Frontier May 23, 2020 at 11:23 AM

Heard afterwards there was what they used to call back in the day a “homie drop-off” at the hospital. Hope they ticketed him for the handicapped parking violation too!


Big Rob May 23, 2020 at 12:16 PM

pretty sure that wasn’t a random shooting. Some devious mess going on between the four of them!


anon May 23, 2020 at 1:31 PM

It’s obvious that the suspects knew where to find the victims. The scumbags in the Audi where probably going to buy drugs but changed their minds and decided to rob them instead.


ChuckStir May 23, 2020 at 5:41 PM

Kettleblack, good point, Lovelace, good one and 1791 I do own a gun, but your right, the guy was reckless.


CM May 23, 2020 at 9:42 PM

I live near there. This is beyond distressing.


ConcordMike May 24, 2020 at 12:22 AM

There goes the property values in that area.


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