Five arrested after student killed near high school


Police have arrested five suspects in the killing of a Concord student shot Monday afternoon near Olympic Continuation High School, police said Tuesday.

The shooting occurred at about 1:30 p.m. near the school, located at 2730 Salvio St.

After school had let out for the day, a person got out of a black 4-door sedan and approached a group of people who were off campus and shot at the 17-year-old victim as others ran for safety.

Police identified the victim as Lawrence Janson of Concord.

Police said Janson then ran onto the school campus, where a janitor found him and staff members, paramedics and police attempted to treat him for his wounds. Janson was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

The shooter is an adult and the remaining four suspects are either adults or youths. Police are not releasing the names of the suspects until they’re sure the information won’t compromise the investigation, Lt. Nick Gartner said.

All five suspects were arrested on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to commit murder and police not seeking any other suspects, according to Gartner.

Investigators don’t believe the shooting was gang-related, as none of the suspects is a documented gang member.

Police used surveillance video to help find the suspects and were also able to recover the gun and the vehicle that were used in the shooting.

While police believe that the shooter targeted Janson, they have not determined a motive. Gartner said:

“We are exploring all avenues that will help us find a motive.”


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