CONCORD

Two shot in Concord, one person critical

Two people were injured Friday, one seriously, in what police said were unrelated shootings just hours apart.

The most serious of the two incidents occurred around 6 p.m. at a Wendy's restaurant at 1551 Monument Blvd. Police arrived to find a man in the parking lot with a life-threatening gunshot wound.

Concord police Lt. David Hughes said investigators determined the man had been involved in a physical confrontation with a group of men inside the restaurant. When the victim went outside, he was shot by one of the men, who then fled.

The wounded man was taken by ambulance to a hospital for emergency treatment.

Police are not releasing additional details about the shooting while the case is under investigation, Hughes said.

The earlier shooting, around 3:40 p.m. on Grant Street in North Concord, resulted in minor injuries to the victim. There were no other details.

Hughes said there is no evidence the two shootings were related.

Anyone with information in either case may call Detective Adam Hart at 925-671-3040. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the Concord Police Department Tip-line at 925-603-5836.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

WALNUT CREEK

One person dead in Walnut Creek fire


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One person died in a two-alarm¿ blaze that rushed through the upper story of a home on Hilltop Crescent late Friday, according to fire officials.

The victim was identified as Charles MacDonald, 62, said spokesman Jimmy Lee with the Contra Costa Sheriff's office, which is investigating the fire with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

The fire was reported at 9:38 p.m., and firefighters arrived to heavy smoke and flames coming from the second story of the home at 190 Hilltop Crescent, in unincorporated Walnut Creek.

There were reports of one person trapped on the same floor as the fire. Lee said the first deputy on scene tried to find the man but could not because of flames and heavy smoke in the home.

Firefighters found the man trapped on the second floor. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and a damage estimate was not available Saturday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the fire should all the sheriff's investigation unit at 925-313-2600.

-- Katie Nelson and Kristin J. Bender, Staff

VALLEJO

Vallejo freeway named in honor of slain police officer

Signs have gone up in North Vallejo naming a stretch of Vallejo freeway in honor of slain police Officer Jim Capoot.

The Legislature approved in September the renaming of Highway 37 between Interstate 80 and Sonoma Boulevard as the "Vallejo Police Officer James Capoot Memorial Highway."

The renamed portion of the freeway abuts the Country Club Crest neighborhood where, on Nov. 17, 2011, Capoot, 45, was shot and killed after a high-speed car and foot pursuit of a suspect in the robbery of a Bank of America branch.

The Vallejo Police Department, service organizations and businesses raised the $6,000 necessary to create and install the two new freeway signs.

The Vallejo Police Department announced the completion of the project in a news release Thursday night.

"While these signs will not bring back an American hero, they still stand to remind all that pass them that a great man gave his life without hesitation to Vallejo, and his courage and sacrifice will not be forgotten," Vallejo Lt. Jim O'Connell said in the statement.

The resolution that designated the freeway be named after Capoot was sponsored by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, who represents Vallejo.

A former Marine, Capoot served in Vallejo since 1992 and was well known for his community involvement.

Notably, Capoot served for years as the Vallejo High School girls basketball coach.

He was the fourth Vallejo police officer killed in the line of duty and the first since Jeff Azuar was killed on April 12, 2000.

-- Lanz Christian Banes, Times Herald