A 19-year-old man who was critically injured in a shooting on Tuesday in the same spot where another man was shot dead days earlier has died from his injuries and a suspect in his killing is behind bars, a police captain said today. The shooting happened a short time before 6 a.m., when a the victim was driving on West Street near West 11th Street, according to police Capt. Ron Raman. The 19-year-old was transported with critical injuries to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek where he died on Thursday, Raman said.
The Contra Costa County coroner’s office has not yet released the man’s name. Investigators were able to identify the suspect in the fatal shooting as 22-year-old Brian Adams of Antioch and arrested him on Tuesday after he was spotted in a vehicle in Martinez, Raman said. Raman said Adams has confessed to the shooting and is being held in county jail in Martinez on suspicion of murder in lieu of $1 million bail. Police continue to investigate the killing of 22-year-old Dominique Rakeem Thomas, which occurred six days before the Tuesday shooting.
That shooting also took place near the intersection of West and West 11th streets. Police said a suspect has not been arrested in that case. “I hope to have an arrest in our first homicide within the next couple of days but we have a lot of key witnesses we still need to talk to,” Raman said. “We are mindful that both of these homicides occurred in the same location in a pretty close time frame…one of the things we’re looking at is their relation to each other,” he said. The police captain declined to discuss a motive in either killing, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.
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