Detectives assigned to the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Golden Gate Division Special Investigations Unit are investigating a freeway shooting that occurred on westbound State Route 24 (SR-24), east of St. Stephens Drive in Orinda.
On Friday, July 28, 2023, at approximately 9:30 p.m., officers assigned to the CHP’s Contra Costa Area office were notified by local police officials that an individual had been transported to a local hospital after being struck by gunfire on westbound SR-24, east of St. Stephens Drive in Orinda.
The CHP’s preliminary investigation indicates the suspect vehicle pulled in behind and then alongside the victim vehicle on westbound SR-24, when several gunshots were heard, and the driver and front passenger quickly realized the rear passenger was struck by gunfire. The injured passenger was driven to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning.
The Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Brandon Valencia, age 22 from Oakley.
CHP detectives are actively attempting to determine a motive and identify the suspect(s) and vehicle(s) involved. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call the CHP Investigations Tipline at (707) 917-4491.
The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.
Allen D. Payton contributed to this report.