The California Highway Patrol has launched an investigation into a tragic incident that claimed the life of a 22-year-old Oakley man near Orinda. Brandon Valencia, the victim, succumbed to his injuries on July 29, a day after a compelling act of violence unfolded on westbound Highway 24.
According to California Highway Patrol Officer Andrew Barclay, the shooting occurred on July 28, just east of the St. Stephens Drive exit. An unexpected technical glitch within the CHP’s communication system initially hindered the release of the news through their usual channels of email and social media. It was not until recently that the agency became aware of the oversight when questioned about the absence of an official statement regarding the fatal shooting.
Officer Barclay issued a statement in response, explaining that CHP officers from the Contra Costa division received a report around 9:30 p.m. on July 28, indicating that an individual had been transported to a hospital after sustaining gunshot wounds while traveling on Highway 24. The CHP believes that the assailant pulled up behind and alongside the victim’s vehicle, firing multiple shots in a dreadful act of violence. Brandon Valencia, unfortunately, found himself in the back seat at the time of the attack.
While the motive behind the shooting remains unknown, and no suspect or vehicle involved has been identified thus far, the CHP is actively seeking any information that could assist in their investigation. They have urged the public to come forward with tips by contacting their anonymous tip-line [number].
This tragic incident serves as a grim reminder of the violence that can occur even on the busiest roadways. The CHP’s dedicated efforts to solve this case and bring justice to Brandon Valencia and his grieving family are commendable. As the investigation unfolds, we hope that anyone with information crucial to this case will come forward to assist the authorities in their quest for answers.