Chauncey Bailey, the new editor of the Oakland Post, was shot dead on Thursday near a downtown courthouse. The shooting took place before 7:30 a.m. on 14th street on Bailey’s way to work. According to witnesses, a lone, masked gunman dressed in dark clothing approached the editor, shot him in the back and head, and got into a van that drove away. Teachers at the Starlight Child Development Center preschool across the street did not see anything but heard the gunshots. It is not known whether he acted alone or had an accomplice in the van. Paramedics were unable to revive Bailey at the scene. 

This incident, while shocking, is not surprising since Bailey is known to be a pushy and critical journalist. He was an advocate for the black community and frowned upon corruption. Bailey was fired from the Oakland Tribune in 2005 for ethics violations. He then took a job at the Oakland Post as a freelance foreign correspondent where he covered stories abroad. In June, he became editor of the paper which caters to the African American community and is distributed in Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond and San Francisco. His most recent stories have been about foreclosure rates and their overwhelming effect on minority groups in the area. He was also working on a story about bankruptcy filing by Your Black Muslim Bakery stores on San Pablo Avenue.

Bailey had received death threats because of his work in the past, but he never took them seriously. Police have determined that his murder was not random, but at the same time, they could not find a motive for the killing. He has lived in Oakland his entire life and been involved with several media outlets including KDIA radio and Soul Beat TV. His staff at the Oakland Post was shocked by his death when they received word a little before 9:00 a.m. He leaves behind a teenage son. Police are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the gunman’s arrest.

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