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Published on September 30, 2023
Deadly Double Tragedy in a Shooting at Toyota of Berkeley Service Center in Albany, CaliforniaSource: Google Street View

An officer-involved shooting occurred on September 21, at the Toyota of Berkeley Service Center in Albany, California. The Albany and Berkeley Police departments responded to a report of an active shooter at the facility. A further investigation is being conducted by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office (ACSO), the Albany Police Department, and the Alameda County District Attorney's Officer-Involved Shooting Team.

Per the joint statement from the ACSO, an emergency call reported a man with a gun who had entered the service center. Officers were on the scene within minutes, evacuating the area and, searching for potential victims, and the shooter. The suspect, Lamar Walker, was found on the second level of the building, with a revolver aimed at the officers' access point.

Five officers discharged firearms at Walker to neutralize the threat made the decision. Walker succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds. In the vicinity, a service center employee, 24-year-old Alonna Gallon, was found dead with a gunshot wound to her head. Emergency medical services attempted resuscitation unsuccessfully.

Walker may have tried to commit suicide before the arrival of law enforcement, according to the ongoing investigation. Walker and Gallon shared a personal history as co-parents of a seven-year-old son.

The ACSO stressed the ongoing nature of the investigation and asked for community's patience.