UPDATED: Oakland Editor Murdered on Street

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By: E&P Staff Chauncey Bailey, editor of the Oakland (Ca.) Post and a former reporter at the Oakland Tribune, was shot and killed in that city's downtown on Thursday morning.

"Witnesses told police a masked gunman shot a man, then fled on foot to a waiting van and drove off. Police have not released a name but sources said that Bailey, 57, was the apparent victim," the San Jose Mercury News reported.

The shooting happened about 7:25 a.m., with residents going to work or school in the vicinity. "Police said they have no motive for the killing, except that it appeared to be a deliberate attack, and no suspects have been arrested," the Mercury News related.

A longtime Oakland Tribune reporter, Bailey was named editor of the Oakland Post in June.

Late Thursday, The New York Times reported: "The police said they were looking into the possibility that the killing was related to Mr. Bailey?s work as a journalist, though no suspects have been named."

A local TV outlet reported that Bailey had been shot twice and it was not a "random" shooting, police said. One spokesman called it a "targeted" event.

The killing is now featured at the America's Most Wanted web site, www.amw.com. One detail there: "Police say the weapon used may have been a shotgun or high powered rifle."

Bailey worked for the Hartford (Conn.) Courant for three years early in his career in the 1970s. He also worked for UPI in that period.

ANG Newspapers' insidebayarea.com site has just posted a lengthy article on Bailey and the murder. An excerpt follows.

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Friends said his morning routine was to go to the McDonald's restaurant at 14th and Jackson streets and then to work at the Post offices at 405 14th St. in downtown Oakland. Derrick Nesbitt, a friend who worked with Bailey at SoulBeat TV, showed up at the crime scene when he heard the news....

Tribune Managing Editor Martin Reynolds talked with Bailey last week, when they saw each other at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza -- outside Oakland City Hall. "Chauncey was a unique and dedicated journalist who always captured the essence of the stories on his beat," Reynolds said. "He was passionate about his work, he loved his son and would often bring him into the Tribune newsroom."

Another friend expressed shock . "I've made phone calls all over telling people,'' said Sharon Broussard, a friend of Bailey's for at least 10 years. ``They can't believe it. He's done so much for the community. I can't believe something like this, so tragic, would happen to someone who really cares about black people in Oakland and as a whole. I really can't talk anymore, because I'm really trying to work through all this.''

David Glover, whose friendship with Bailey dates back to the 80s, when Bailey worked in Oakland as a mentor to young people, said "It's just shocking and unbelievable." He added, ``I have no idea why anyone would do it. Chauncey Bailey was a consummate professional.''

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

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