East Bay shooting victim identified as 20-year-old Lafayette resident

ByCornell Barnard KGO logo
Friday, March 25, 2022
Shooting victim identified as 20-year-old Lafayette resident
The Contra Costa Sheriff's Office has identified the victim of a fatal shooting on Taylor Road in Lafayette as 20-year-old Basel Jilani.

LAFAYETTE, Calif. (KGO) -- We're learning more about an East Bay shooting which left a 20-year-old dead on Wednesday in Lafayette.

Detectives from the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department carried items away from a Lafayette home Thursday. It's believed to be connected to the victim in Wednesday's deadly shooting on Taylor Boulevard.

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Sheriff's officials identified him as 20-year-old Basel Jilani of Lafayette. Detectives declined to say why they were there or what they were looking for.

SKY7 was over the home on Arbor View Lane Wednesday hours after the shooting. Police could be seen entering the upscale home. "He was a renter as far as I know," said neighbor Shannon Murphy.

He says the house is about a half mile from the shooting scene.

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"My first reaction was surprise.. you don't expect something like that, worried for my family and my kids," Murphy said.

Police aren't saying if Jilani, who was driving a black Mercedes, might have been targeted by a gunman in a passing car, in the middle of the day.

"If it was road rage, I'm hoping it was two random cars just coming through, I'm hoping it wasn't anything involving the neighborhood," said Lafayette neighbor David Martinez.

Neighbors say homicide detectives have contacted them, asking about the home and the victim.

Sheriff's officials have no information on a motive or possible suspects at this time. Their investigation continues.

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