Police Search For Suspect in Discovery Bay Fatal Shooting

A suspect in an East Bay fatal shooting was still on the loose Monday, and authorities were asking for the public's help in finding the person.

A 48-year-old Discovery Bay man was gunned down early Sunday, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department. He has been identified as Bradley MacHugh, a beloved husband, father and friend.

Detectives believe the shooting followed a "neighborhood disturbance," and two vehicles packed with "several" people in their teens or early 20s are connected to the shooting, according to sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee.

According to officials, deputies were first called out for reports of a disturbance in the neighborhood. Soon after, people started calling about gunshots. 

MacHugh was found along the 1700 block of Wilde Drive shortly after 12:45 a.m., Lee said. First responders tried to save him, but he was later pronounced dead, Lee said.

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Surveillance image of one suspect vehicle, a Mitsubishi Eclipse, in a Discovery Bay fatal shooting early Sunday.

One of the cars in question is believed to be a matte gray mid-sized car, possibly a Dodge Challenger or Ford Mustang, according to Lee. The other is believed to be a red Mitsubishi Eclipse.

Local residents say the victim often walked his dog in the neighborhood and even told people speeding through the streets to slow down. Some neighbors say that may have been what led to the confrontation. 

"He didn't want to start any trouble or anything like that," said Eunice Silva, a local resident. "It's just sad that it happened because he's a really good friend."  

Neighbors said MacHugh was shot and killed protecting his neighborhood, and that’s something one man said he would have done in a heartbeat.

"It could have happened to me. I would have done the same thing," said Joe Abrew, as he put down fresh flowers at a makeshift memorial for MacHugh. "I heard the car screeching first, like them doing donuts. That kind of woke me up. So, I was listening, and I heard pop, pop, pop. I jumped up and told my wife that wasn’t fireworks."

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Investigation Division at 925-404-4200.

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