Arrest Made in Former Oakland Tribune Photographer Death

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    Lionel "Ray" Fluker, a former freelance photographer for the Oakland Tribune, was killed Friday night by a stray bullet intended for another target. Photographer Nick Lammers remembers Fluker. Monte Francis reports. (Published Monday, Apr 8, 2013)

    Oakland police have arrested a 38-year-old San Leandro man in connection with the death of Lionel "Ray" Fluker, a former Oakland Tribune photographer.

    Anthony Lister, who was also shot by bullets at an East Oakland gas station on Friday, has been charged with Fluker's death. Fluker was struck by stray bullets while Lister was allegedly in a firefight with another man, according to the Oakland Tribune.

    Lister is a 10-time felon and has a criminal history dating back 20 years; the Tribune reported his past convictions were for auto theft, drug possession and weapons convictions.

    Lister was charged on Tuesday with murder, possession of a gun by a felon, carrying a concealed firearm and carrying a loaded firearm.

    The other man involved in the shootout has not been identified and remains at large.

    Luker was a  freelance photographer for the Oakland Tribune from 1995 to 2007, and had photographed everything from celebrities to sports to breaking news.

    The 54-year-old father was getting gas a Valero gas station at Seminary Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard, not far from where he lived, when he was killed.

    Nick Lammers, director of photography for the Bay Area News Group, described Fluker in a previous interview as more than a colleague, more than a friend. He was "family."

    "He always had a spring in his step and would greet you with 'Hey baby, what’s going on?' " Lammers recounted Sunday evening. "He was always laughing, always up tempo and it’s so sad to see a life like this taken away so senselessly."

    Fluker already had a career as a computer engineer when he came to the Tribune. But he had a love for photography that never went away, friends said. The only greater love was for his 20-year-old daughter, Dominique.

    "He loved his daughter and talked about her daily, and was very proud," Lammers said. "And we were very proud of him, because he was such a good guy."