Oakland police this afternoon identified two employees who were gunned down inside a Wingstop restaurant near Lake Merritt late Monday night as 22-year-old Kenneth Bradley and 26-year-old Jose Santa Maria. The victims, 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 interim Police Chief Sean Whent said at a brief news conference at police headquarters this 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. today in West Oakland, Whent said. Police are seeking a second suspect but have not released a description of that person. Police are planning to hold a meeting with area merchants to discuss crime prevention and community involvement, but have not yet announced a time or location.
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