A vigil will be held tonight for a friend of Oscar Grant who was fatally shot in the parking lot of a gas station in Hayward on Friday night. Johntue Caldwell, 25, was shot at about 5:30 p.m. while sitting in a parked car at a gas station at West Tennyson Road and Calaroga Avenue, police said. He was best friends with Oscar Grant III and was there the night of Jan. 1, 2009, when former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle shot and killed Grant, who was unarmed, on the Fruitvale Station platform. Caldwell was a plaintiff in a related civil suit against BART scheduled to begin next month.
A vigil will be held for him at 6 p.m. at the corner where he was shot, according to event organizers. Police said that Caldwell had been sitting in the parked car when at least one suspect approached and fired several rounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect ran away and was not located during a search of the surrounding area, police said. Investigators said they do not believe the shooting was random, although a motive for the shooting has not been determined.
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