San Pablo woman fatally shot near home


The victim of a fatal shooting in San Pablo on Saturday was identified Tuesday by the Contra Costa County coroner’s office as Cassann Britt, 47.

Britt was fatally shot in the 2800 block of Valencia Way near Contra Costa College about 3:15 p.m.

Police responded to the scene, which was about a half block from Britt’s home, and found Britt and a 22-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. Britt was pronounced dead by paramedics and the man was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

It was not immediately known whether one or both victims were intended targets.

News of the killing spread quickly, leading to an outpouring of grief among many community members who knew and loved Britt. In Facebook posts, she was described as a loving mother with a passion for cooking.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Police Department’s investigations division at (510) 215-3150 or the West Contra Costa Crime Stoppers tip line at (510) 799-8255. All callers can remain anonymous.