Walnut Creek police are looking for a gunman they say fired several shots into another man as he was leaving a local nightclub at Locust and Cypress streets at 1:28 a.m. Saturday – a virtually unprecedented act of gun violence in the very heart of the city.
Investigators reported that their dispatch center received reports of several shots fired in the area early Saturday with officers arriving on the scene and locating a man down with three gunshot wounds to the back.
Police said the victim, identified as Courtney Brown, 38, was transported to John Muir Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. No other persons were injured during this incident, according to police, although patrons of Redux Lounge and Crogan’s Sports Bar and Grill were leaving the clubs at the time.
Police said Brown had been at Crogan’s prior to the shooting.
Witnesses in the area, home to several popular local nightspots and restaurants, reported a black male suspect was last seen running from the scene of the shooting. Detectives described the gunman as black, in his 20s, approximately 6 feet tall and 160 pounds.
He was last seen running west on Cypress towards California Boulevard and then south on the boulevard, according to detectives.
Police said all preliminary indications are that the shooting was not a “random event.”
Passersby in the heavily trafficked area Saturday were just learning of the incident, expressing surprise – and regret – that someone had been killed there.
“I just can’t imagine anyone doing something like that,” said Pia Wentz, in search of breakfast and coffee downtown Saturday morning. “I mean, we know these things can happen anywhere these days but to think that someone would kill another person here… unbelievable.”
Sergei Andronikov, visiting from San Francisco and breakfasting with local friends, shook his head as news of the shooting filtered through the area.
“It is accepted that this sort of thing can happen at any moment,” he said. “And that is what I think is so sad about it.”
Police ask that if you have any information regarding this incident to please contact Detective Leonard at 925-256-3523.