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Hit man suspected in killing of editor

Longtime Bay Area journalist Chauncey Bailey was shot and killed this morning on a downtown Oakland street by a masked man who jumped into a waiting van that sped off, police said. Police said they suspected it was a contract killing by a hit man, according to the LA Times. The Times quotes Oakland police spokesman Roland Holmgren as saying investigators were treating the crime as a contract killing “because of the witness statements, the shooter’s mannerisms and how the crime was committed.”

Bailey (right) was a reporter for 12 years at the Oakland Tribune and this summer became editor of the Oakland Post, a black newspaper. Friends and colleagues at both papers were shocked by his murder. Above, Oakland Post publisher Paul Cobb stands near the corner of 14th and Alice streets, where Bailey was gunned down.

The following is from the Oakland Tribune’s report posted at 2:27 p.m.:

Sign a condolence book for Chauncey Bailey (established by the Oakland Tribune)

(Photo credits: Top, D. Ross Cameron, The Oakland Tribune; middle, Oakland Tribune file)

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