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UPDATE: Double Homicide at Lake Park Ave. Restaurant Prompts Two Community Meetings Today

Oakland Police Capt. Anthony Toribio will meet with Grand Lake area merchants this morning and community members tonight in the wake of two fatal shootings at the Wingstop fast food restaurant late Monday night.

Updated Wednesday, July 3, 2:45 a.m.

By Bay City News Service

Oakland police Capt. Anthony Toribio wil meet with two Grand Lake area community groups today to discuss crime prevention and community involvement following a double homicide at a Wingstop restaurant Monday night.

The victims, 22-year-old Kenneth Bradley and 26-year-old Jose Santa Maria, both Richmond residents, were fatally shot at the Wingstop at 528 Lake Park Ave., near Lake Merritt, at about 11:45 p.m. Monday, according to police.

Officers responded to the eatery after being alerted of an alarm activation there, police said. They found Bradley and Santa Maria with gunshot wounds, and both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Oakland police interim Chief Sean Whent said at a brief news conference at police headquarters Tuesday morning that the shooting happened inside the restaurant.

Investigators initially said the killings may have occurred during a robbery, but Whent said that does not appear to be the case, based on surveillance video footage and witness statements.

A suspect in the double murder was taken into custody just before 8 a.m. Tuesday in West Oakland, Whent said. Police are seeking a second suspect but have not released a description of that person.

Toribio will meet with Grand Avenue, Lake Park and Lakeshore merchants this morning, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the at the Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church at 3435 Lakeshore Ave. in Oakland. 

A second meeting with Toribio, open to the public, will be held tonight at 7 p.m., also at the Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church.

To RSVP or for more information on either meeting, contact Hoang Banh, OPD Neighborhood Services Coordinator, 238-6566, hbanh@oaklandnet.com. NO RSVP is needed for the evening meeting. 

Wingstop company officials issued a statement Tuesday after the deadly shooting. It read in part, "The Wingstop family is deeply saddened by the loss of two of our own, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families. We will do everything we can to support them at this tragic and very difficult time."

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Jim Faison July 03, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Was this crime, as well as the attack on 3 PG&E workers by three hoodlums last Tuesday the fault of a political party, education system, 'Rider' type police tactics revenge??? No...Overcrowded prisons? No. Ron Dellums was correct when he said 'We can't fight the problem of crime by putting people in jail' when he was mayor. How about donating $$ to the YMCA for 'summer camp' programs!!!

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