November 28, 2020

Man shot and killed in Bay Point was targeted by gang in 2017, refused police protection


BAY POINT — A 28-year-old man who was shot and killed in Bay Point early Monday morning was targeted for murder by members of an East Contra Costa-based gang in 2017, and refused police protection at the time, according to multiple law enforcement sources.

Joshua Johnson, 28, was identified by police as the victim of a shooting death early Monday, in Bay Point. Police have not announced any arrests in the case.

The investigation started around 1:46 a.m. Monday, when deputies from the Muir station responded to a report of a body in the 400 block of Pullman Avenue, sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said Monday night.

When deputies arrived, joining paramedics and firefighters who also responded, they found Johnson suffering from a gunshot wound on the ground.

In 2017, Johnson was listed as the intended target by members of an East Contra Costa gang known by the names Klap S— and Broad Day. According to the criminal complaint, members of the gang tailed Johnson in Pittsburg, following him downtown near the water and texting each other “target spotted” and that it was “game time.”

According to a law enforcement source familiar with the case, the gang called off the hit on Johnson at the last second, when the would-be gunman spotted a Pittsburg K9 unit in the area. Police informed Johnson that he’d been targeted for murder, but he refused protection from law enforcement, authorities said.

Police say the investigation into Johnson’s killing is still in its early stages, and it is not known whether it is related to the 2017 incident.

The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office had charged Johnson with assault last year in the death of a 35-year-old Pittsburg man. According to police, Johnson punched the man during a mutual fistfight, and he died in a hospital later that day.

Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s investigation division at 925-313-2600, and may e-mail or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voicemail.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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Author: Nate Gartrell, George Kelly