Walnut Creek police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects involved in yesterday’s shooting outside a Newell Avenue liquor store and said that an apparent robbery victim had been arrested for returning gunfire during the incident.
As we reported Thursday, the shooting took place at about 6:23 p.m. in the parking lot outside Newell Liquors in the 1200 block of Newell Avenue. Officers responding to reports of gunfire in the area found bullet casings, shattered glass and drops of blood in the area as subsequent reports of victims turning up at local hospitals filtered in.
Two men treated for non-life threatening wounds and are in stable condition, according to police. Video surveillance of the parking lot showed a light colored sedan roll up behind a parked black Escalade as its occupants were getting into the vehicle. Two armed, masked suspects approached the passenger side of the parked vehicle and immediately opened fire on a man in the passenger seat.
That victim was struck at least once, according to police. The driver of the parked vehicle, John Rankin, returned fire at the two suspects as he was exiting his vehicle, one of his shots hitting an innocent bystander seated in a nearby car. Rankin’s shots also struck a second vehicle that was parked in the parking lot. The suspects, described only as adult males with dark skin, fled the scene in an unknown make and model vehicle.
Police arrested John Rankin for Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Shooting into an Inhabited Vehicle as police continued their investigation of the incident.
No motive for the shooting has been determined at this time, according to police.
If anyone has information regarding this incident please call Detective Leonard at 925-256-3523.
Arrested: John Rankin
Date of Birth: 09/28/1991
Residence: Detroit, Michigan
PC 245 (A)(2)-Assault with a Deadly Weapon/Firearm
PC 246-Discharge Firearm at an Occupied Vehicle