This story is about Black Muslim hits and other felonies in a major American city. Oakland police have arrested seven suspects so far in early morning raids.
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Veteran journalist Chauncey Bailey, who recently was promoted to editor of the Oakland Post, and was writing about the illegal activities of a Black Muslim group in Oakland, was fatally shot in downtown Oakland just before 7:30 a.m. Thursday in what appears to be a gangland-style shooting, according to an Oakland police.
The 58-year-old journalist was shot multiple times in the 250 block of 14th Street near Alice Street, which is near a large post office on 13th Street and a McDonald’s restaurant at 14th and Jackson streets.
Witnesses told police that a lone gunman dressed in black clothing and black headgear approached Bailey, shot him multiple times and then fled on foot.
Witnesses said they heard four shots. Bailey was shot once in the back and once in the head, Oakland Fire Department Capt. Melinda Drayton said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Oakland Police had no motive in the gangland hit.
It was not robbery, a car jacking, or a random shooting.
More US Muslim activity:
“Oakland, Fremont SWAT teams descend on Your Black Muslim Bakery,” from the Associated Press:
Oakland and Fremont special units of heavily armed police have surrounded the Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland.
Chauncey Bailey was reportedly researching an investigative piece into Your Black Muslim Bakery before he was shot and killed just yesterday morning.
Update: The San Francisco Chronicle will report tomorrow:
The son of late Black Muslim leader Yusuf Bey was among seven people arrested today during a series of predawn law-enforcement raids in connection with three Oakland homicides, including the daylight shooting death of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey.
Yusuf Bey IV and six other people were taken into custody and several weapons were seized during the multi-agency raids that began at 5 a.m. Police, SWAT teams and bomb units from throughout Alameda County searched Your Black Muslim Bakery at 5832 San Pablo Ave. and three associated locations nearby on 59th and Aileen streets in North Oakland.
Bey hasn’t been formally charged with a crime. But police said they had arrested the people responsible for killing Bailey, 57, at 14th and Alice streets on Thursday as well as two other people four days apart in July.
Two other suspects are still being sought in connection with the crimes, which include a May kidnapping and torture case, said Oakland homicide Lt. Ersie Joyner, who declined to discuss a possible motive for the three slayings.
UPDATE: Aug. 5 – Police are testing guns recovered from raids in which authorities arrested seven members of an Oakland Black Muslim splinter group who investigators suspect were involved in the killing of a journalist and two others.
Police Lt. Ersie Joyner said one of the guns found during the raids is thought to be the weapon that a masked attacker used Thursday morning to slay Chauncey Bailey, a journalist who was walking to work.
Bailey, was the editor of the Oakland Post, and had been working on a story about Your Black Muslim Bakery before he was ambushed and slain, his colleagues said.
Standing in a black suit with a bow tie, a member of the bakery organization said Friday that the crimes that police described run against the principles of his group.
“This is not a reflection of Dr. Yusuf Bey,” said Shamir Yusuf Bey in a sidewalk news conference in front of the bakery. The organization’s members all take the founder’s surname. “We are all sons of Dr. Yusuf Bey. He has taught us morals, he has taught us how to be advocates in our community.”
We keep on hearing that propaganda. Who believes it now?
From AP wire reports