Police in Walnut Creek are investigating an overnight shooting on Saturday that resulted in the city's first homicide of 2016.
Law enforcement officials arrived to the scene near Locust Street and Cypress Street at 1:28 a.m. to find one male victim, later identified as 38-year-old Bay Area resident Courtney Brown, suffering from three gunshot wounds to his back, Walnut Creek Police Lt. Tom Cashion said.
Brown was apparently leaving Crogan's Sports Bar & Grill at the time when he was shot in what police say was "not a random event," Cashion said.
Brown, who leaves behind his fiancée and daughter, was transported to John Muir Medical Center, but was later pronounced dead, Cashion said.
Residents of the traditionally safe city were stunned to learn about the fatal shooting.
"I know that there's a lot more police presence out at night, but it's pretty surprising," said resident Rami Moghadal.
A suspect has not been made known to police, but law enforcement officials were notified by witnesses that one person ran from the scene after shots were fired. Police dogs searched the surrounding area looking for the suspect, but were unable to locate anyone, Cashion said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Walnut Creek Police Department at 925-256-3523. Anonymous callers may call 925-943-5865.