A masked gunman stepped from a black BMW on Gloria Terrace and Taylor Boulevard in unincorporated Lafayette and fired a shot into a dark grey or black Mercedes at approximately 1:05 p.m. Wednesday – killing the occupant before fleeing the area.
Police identified the victim as 20-year-old Basel Jilani of Lafayette.
Investigators spent much of Wednesday and Thursday combing through a multi-million dollar contemporary home Jilani appeared to have been renting on Arbor View Lane – a gated serpentine lane of expensive homes seconds away from where he was shot and killed. Bags of evidence could be seen being removed from the residence.
His shooting was initially believed to have been the result of a road rage incident, with witnesses describing the gunman getting into a dark or black BMW with other people aboard and speeding off. This account could not be immediately confirmed.
What is known is that a frantic effort to save Jilani was undertaken after passersby realized he was in distress, many who came upon the scene unaware he had been shot.
Several witnesses, who declined to be identified, said they tried to reach 911 operators in hope of getting emergency assistance and/or instruction in emergency life-saving measures. One man reportedly called his physician for instructions as passersby dragged the unconscious man out of his Mercedes and lay him down on the street in order to begin compressions.
Several said the emergency lines were quickly overwhelmed by calls.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived to find the citizen’s at work on Jilani’s unresponsive form. He was ultimately declared deceased at the scene.
Police, alerted by witnesses, began an immediate search for the suspect vehicle -reportedly last seen fleeing west on Taylor Boulevard – but were unable to locate it.
The area was closed to traffic for several hours while officers and detectives processed the crime scene.
Little is known about the 20-year-old, who one neighbor described as “pleasant” and “polite,” and Contra Costa County Sheriff’s investigators said nothing about Lafayette’s most talked-about case beyond identifying the victim.