(KRON) — Police are investigating a homicide in a Pleasant Hill strip mall parking lot that left one dead. This is the first homicide since 2021, according to Pleasant Hill’s crime statistics.
Police responded to reports of a shooting just before 1:15 a.m. Monday in the parking lot of Farrington’s Bar just one block away from City Hall. Police said they found a 37-year-old man from Concord dead at the scene. Pleasant Hill police have not confirmed what caused the incident, but they did have to call in Concord police to help with crowd control.
This victim in the homicide has been identified as Oscar Laredo Arellano, 37, of Concord.
Video shows a chaotic scene at Pleasant Hill Plaza. It sits off Contra Costa Boulevard and Gregort Lane just west of I-680. Video shows multiple people in distress. Police have also taped off a large part of the strip mall and placed evidence markers near a sedan and the body that laid not far from it.
Fire and medical services were called to the scene. Police have not confirmed where the incident originated from, but the plaza does have more than a dozen businesses, including a Starbucks, Safeway and Farrington’s Bar near where the body was found.
Police said the suspect is believed to have fled the scene in a vehicle before police could arrive and is still at large.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information please call 925-288-4600.