Walnut Creek shooting victim identified

A man found shot to death in a Walnut Creek parking lot this morning was a 30-year-old Pittsburg resident with no known ties to the city, according to acting Operations Lt. Shelly James.

“We don't know why he was here,” James said.

The man has been identified, but police are waiting to release his name until family members living outside California have been notified, James said.

She said investigators were following up on several leads today, but no arrests have been made.

Police responded to a 5 a.m. 911 call and found the man slumped over in the driver's seat of a black Acura sedan with paper license plates.

The car was in a parking lot shared by an Italian restaurant and an office building across the street from the city's main post office at 2070 N. Broadway.

James said the man died from multiple gunshot wounds.

The area around the parking lot was closed off for most of the day today as investigators collected evidence, but was reopened at about 2:30 p.m., James said.

The man's death is only the second homicide to occur in the city this year. The city's first homicide occurred Oct. 2 in an apartment at 1544 Third Ave.

Police found Aurelio Ruiz-Navarro, of Concord, and Evelia Ayala, of Walnut Creek, both 25, shot dead inside the apartment after neighbors called to report an altercation.

Investigators believe that Ruiz-Navarro shot Ayala, his former girlfriend, and then shot himself, Sgt. Bryan Hill said shortly after the incident.

— Bay City News

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