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Update: Suspects in Shooting Near Laurel Ballfields in Oakley Charged

by ECT

The Oakley Police Department reported that at 2:43 pm Friday, officers received a call of a shooting that occurred on Laurel Road, near the Laurel Ballfields in the city of Oakley.

Officers responded and when they arrived on scene discovered an occupant of a moving vehicle had been shot by somebody who was also in a moving (different) vehicle.

The victim did not sustain life threatening injuries.

Police said during the investigation, they learned the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s were also investigating a shooting in their jurisdiction.  With Oakley Police suspect description made available, the Sheriffs office located the vehicle on Vasco Road near Camino Diablo.

The occupants of that vehicle were detained and held for our officers.

Oakley Police officers were able to identify these two people as being responsible for the shooting within the city of Oakley and they were arrested.

There is no further threat to the public due to this incident. No suspect information was provided.

Information released by the Oakley Police Department.

Wednesday Update via Oakley Police

The suspects were identified as:

  • Saul Velasco, Oakley, 19
  • Marius Smith, Brentwood, 18

This is an update to the shooting investigation the Oakley Police Department handled on Friday, January 14th. In the wake of this investigation Oakley Police Detectives and evidence technicians, executed search warrants for the purpose of enhancing what we already knew and matching any possible evidence to statements that were made to us. Enough evidence was discovered to substantiate the statements and it allowed us to present a credible case to the Contra Costa District Attorneys Office. The Contra Costa District Attorneys Office filed the charges of Attempted Murder, two counts of Shooting at Occupied Vehicles and two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon on both of the suspects we took into custody. Both suspects remain in custody for their actions.

Again the Oakley Police Department wishes to thank the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff for the assistance we received during the initial investigation and the Contra Costa District Attorneys Office for our continued partnership with them.

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STREET-SWEEPER Jan 14, 2022 - 8:19 pm

I thought Oakley was safe? 🤔

Nice work CoCo Sheriff

Ron Wright Jan 21, 2022 - 10:14 am

When you have criminals and other wrongdoers it’s nice to know that you have police such as those working for the Oakley Police department

Alyssa Jan 27, 2022 - 9:01 pm

Oakley is certainly not as dangerous as Antioch. However, I think the safety of Oakley is a bit exaggerated. A couple years ago, Oakley was ranked about 16th in California’s safest cities while Brentwood was ranked about 81st. That seemed off to me. I have lived in East Contra Costa County for over 12 years, and based on what I experienced, I don’t think Oakley is any safer than Brentwood. I think the safety in Brentwood and Oakley is actually about the same. I think it is ranked much higher either because crime in Oakley is underreported or data is distorted.

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