OPD Makes Arrest After 2 Wingstop Employees Killed

By Lisa Fernandez, Shawn Murphy and Steve Rose
|  Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013  |  Updated 12:29 PM PDT
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Two Wing Stop employees are killed in an overnight shooting in Oakland. Marla Tellez reports.

Two Wing Stop employees are killed in an overnight shooting in Oakland. Marla Tellez reports.

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Oakland police made an arrest Tuesday morning, hours after two Wingstop employees were shot to death just before midnight in a bustling section of the city near Lake Merritt.

Just before 8 a.m., police took someone into custody, without disclosing too much more, and clarified that robbery was not the motive in the double homicide of two employees. Police are still looking for a second suspect.

On Tuesday afternoon, police identified the victims as Jose Santa Maria, 26, and Kenneth Bradley, 22, both of Richmond.

In an earlier interview with NBC Bay Area, police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said that they were looking for two suspects in their 20s who got into some sort of fight with the employees. One of the suspects was armed with a gun.

Watson said that officers are trying to review video surveillance and interview witnesses and staff.

Police told NBC Bay Area the killings occurred inside the chicken wing restaurant at 528 Lake Park Avenue, which is bounded by Lakeshore and Grand avenues, typically, a well-traveled and well-heeled neighborhood.

Wingstop is next door to Caña, an upscale Cuban café, and Heart and Dagger Saloon. Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent and Captain Anthony Toribio, with homicide investigators, arrived before 6 a.m. to the scene. Toribio is scheduled to hold a meeting with merchants regarding crime prevention, community involvement, concerns and education.

Anyone with information is asked to call OPD Homicide at (510) 238-3821, Crime Stoppers of Oakland at 510-777-8572 or the Tip Line at 777-3211.

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