The Contra Costa County coroner’s office has identified a man who was fatally shot in the parking lot of the Stop & Shop convenience store on Thursday has been identified as 21-year-old Joseph Alexander of El Sobrante.
Last week, police mistakenly reported the victim of the fatal shooting had been from Pittsburg.
Loves ones are grieving the loss of the young man who police found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds about 11:30 p.m. after responding to a ShotSpotter gunshot detection activation.
A well-attended vigil was held in honor of Alexander, also known as “Bunkin,” at the Berkeley Marina Sunday night. Also, a gofundme.com fundraiser was launched for Alexander to help pay for funeral expenses.
Alexander was described providing for family, friends and “anyone in need.”
“His heart was nothing less than big along with his smile and personality Joseph brought joy and good vibes in any room he stepped foot in,” according to his aunt Kimberlea Reed.
Alexander’s only son was just born on Feb. 12, and he also leaves behind his mother, father, siblings and other family members.
“My nephew was proud of becoming a father,” Reed posted online. “His son was his everything, he had so many dreams plans and goals for his family’s future. In a blink of an eye everything changed as he walked out of the store.”
Alexander was exiting the Stop & Shop when the suspect opened fire. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds. A second man, an Oakland resident, was also struck by the gunfire, treated at a hospital and later released, Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.
The suspect fled on foot northbound on Carlson Boulevard. No arrests have been reported in connection with the case. Further information wasn’t immediately available.