Fruitvale Restaurant Owner Killed In Predawn Oakland Shooting

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A prominent Oakland restaurant owner who had recently talked about making the neighborhood around his place safer has been shot and killed outside his restaurant.

Oakland police say 58-year-old Jesus Campos was shot during a robbery around 5:36 a.m. Friday outside the service entrance to Otaez Mexicatessen in the city’s Fruitvale District. He was apparently preparing for a breakfast serving later in the morning.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

In a statement, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan called Campos’s shooting a “true tragedy.”

She said Campos had recently attended a Fruitvale merchants meeting, where he talked about making the area safer.

He opened the Fruitvale restaurant in 1986.

Police Chief Anthony Batts said an initial investigation indicates that two suspects killed Campos in a botched attempt to rob him.

“They followed him and accosted him at the doorway as he went to go in” the restaurant,” Lt. Brian Medeiros said.

Medieros said police only have a generic description of the suspects at this time, which is that they are two black men between the ages of 20 and 29. The suspects’ getaway car is described as a gray 2000 Buick Regal or Pontiac with four doors, tinted windows and 20-inch tire rims.

Batts said Campos “was a cornerstone of this community and we will respond to this strongly.”

Quan said Campos “was a well-known leader of our community and he had a big heart.”

Quan said she and her family have eaten at Campos’ restaurant “dozens of times” and she said his death is “a great loss to our community.”

The mayor said she had met with Campos last Saturday during a walking tour of the Fruitvale District and he had talked to her about his ideas for making the neighborhood safer.

City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente, who represents the Fruitvale area and has known Campos for 35 years, said his shooting death is “an outrageous crime” and “absolutely something that will not be forgotten.”

He said, “This is a little bit personal, and we will respond.”

De La Fuente said Campos was an immigrant from Mexico who “built his business from scratch” and wound up owning a total of three restaurants.

The family opened a second restaurant in Alameda in 2006 and a third branch inside the Oakland International Airport last year, according to De La Fuente.

Campos was president of the Mexican-American merchants association in the Fruitvale District and sponsored civic events such as Cinco de Mayo celebrations, De La Fuente said.

De La Fuente said he first met Campos when Campos was a foundry worker at the Production Pattern and Foundry Co. in San Leandro and he was Campos’ union representative.

De La Fuente said the company fired Campos when he left to help his ailing father in Mexico but that he was able to get Campos his job back.

He said Campos is survived by his wife Socorro and a grown son and daughter.

Ron Silva, the chairman of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Alameda County, said he is upset about Campos’ death because he and others have tried to get Oakland officials to crack down on crime in the Fruitvale area and other parts of the city.

“We’ve been ignored and we need to get more officers into that area,” Silva said.

Speaking for himself and other business owners, Silva said, “We’re very mad now and we need to put more pressure on city hall.”

Silva, who owns a landscaping business, said Campos had been robbed at gunpoint several times in the past.

Quan said a total of $30,000 has been raised so far for a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

She said she has asked Gov. Jerry Brown, who formerly served as Oakland’s mayor, to contribute another $40,000, which would bring the reward total to $70,000.

Oakland police said anyone with information about Campos’ shooting death should call the homicide unit at (510) 238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at (510) 777-8572 or (510) 777-3211.

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  1. James Greybush says:

    R.I.P.

  2. May he rest in peace and an arrest soon be made.

  3. Terry says:

    Prayers to his family. Where and when is all of the violence going to end? We need a complete overhauling of our judicial system. Soon we will have to go back to the vigilante system. The law abiding citizens are getting fed up and you can’t blame them!

    1. jon says:

      Its not the judicial system that is raising these violent, conscience-less predators who have no problem robbing and killing people. Oakland should have gone vigilante long ago. If they haven’t by now, they never will.

  4. Tours Martel says:

    Another honest working man gone, something Oakland has too few of. My condolences to his family and friends. Until we reduce the number of fatherless children from family fragments this will continue to be a problem. The police and judicial system are only after the fact responses, not solutions.

  5. Rose says:

    “Quan said police will be increasing their presence in the Fruitvale neighborhood,” Yeah, until the public forgets about it then the cops will be sent back to their regular patrols in the Piedmont area where they’re most needed. It’s not only the fatherless “children” that’s the problem here. It’s the lazy low-lifes who find it easier to sell drugs and commit robberies than to get a low-paying but decent and honest job who are the problem. Why get up so early to work all week in an honest job when they can make more money in a day’s worth of crime?

  6. riyad says:

    we need to rid our communities of guns. without guns he would be injured, but most likely still living.

    1. lucy says:

      Ridiculous notion that criminals would not have guns if we outlawed them. I say, if he had a permit to carry a weapon he might be alive today and the criminals dead or in jail. Remember that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. He was defenseless without a weapon to improve his chances.

      1. Guido says:

        Ridiculous to think if guns were outlawed less people would be shot and killed. There is no need for handguns. Look at countries where they are illegal and see the death rates by guns compared to America. The proof is in the pudding. This is not the old west. Do you really believe if we all carried guns we’d have the time to get them out and shoot perps? Ridiculous notion. 59 handgun deaths in England vs. 113 in Oakland. An entire country vs a small city in the East Bay. Facts. Facts.

      2. Alex says:

        Not ridiculous…
        Mexicans are not allowed to have guns and now they find themselves victims of drug cartels and illegal gun holders.
        Mexico should allow good people to have a gun and protect their children from criminals.
        And people from Oakland, Richmond and the like should go back to patrolling their streets with guns on hand. If they don’t do it… no one will !!!!!!

  7. Ana says:

    Our prayers are with the Campos Family. What a tragedy! Such a hardworking man that did not deserve this. I hope that those men who commited this crime get caught soon. We should not be afraid to own a business,live in Oakland or even walk the street of Oakland, I am very upset at this time. May Chuy Rest in Peace.

  8. bob says:

    welfare babies strike again. nice to see our hard earned tax dollars at work. maybe they can kill a few more honest, hard working Oakland residents before retiring to prison with their homies

  9. Fred Done says:

    Quan will do nothing! All she does is talk, talk, talk….like a true politico. She and the city council continue to toy with police lay offs as a solution to the budget problem. Are you really surprised something like this happened??? Quan’s”educate them out of crime” plan may have worked 40 years ago. But today you need the Gulliani “no tolerance” and “tough on crime” plan to actually solve this cities crime problem. Educate the kids after you lock up all of the bad guys who teach the kids to be thugs.

  10. A Joseph says:

    This nonsense has been taken too far in the United States. Democracy and a sacred judicial system are good, but for lunacy like this, there is no reason to give the killers a lengthy trial and years in prison paid for by my hard earned tax dollars. Find the rats and shoot them in full public view in Oakland. Gun them down starting at their knees with one bullet fired every half hour till they are dead.
    Do this two times and you will see crime will disappear in Oakland. Oakland’s goons have been given a wide berth…this madness has gone too far.
    A beautiul life laid waste.

  11. taxpayer says:

    Fruitvale has been a thug zone for years. Until Oakland gets serious, customers are going to avoid. Lost tax revenue, and the venue stays with the thugs. My heart goes out to this community. Obviously when thugs are apprehended, they’ll be given more civil rights, a free lawyer, room and board and medical in jail. Taxpayers will pay. Enough said. Oakland doesn’t want to address thugs. Oakland is all talk. The thugs do the walk.

  12. a tenant secrets says:

    …evil has rooted itself in Oakland; yes, evil…you have betrayal, conspiracy, corruption, discordance, greed, hatred, vanity, and etc…ah, and one more thing, we need more love and then we will have peace.

  13. a tenant secrets says:

    …the Rich takes from the Poor; the Poor takes from the Middle-Class; the Rich will take Oakland back from the Poor and then you’ll see how much Your Leaders cares.

  14. tn says:

    Oakland = Silverado (the movie). Prayers to the family and their friends. We shall witness if crime continues to pay while innocent taxpaying citizens continue to fall victim to Oakland thuggery (criminally, financially, and, politically). Hoping that Mayor Quan does more for Oakland than Mayor Dellums did. That shouldn’t be too hard.

  15. Alan says:

    Why does the criminal always have to be a black guy?

  16. cracklewalk says:

    It’s kill or be killed over there.

  17. Fred Done says:

    Batts says, “We will respond strongly”. What a joke! When has he had OPD respond strongly to anything. What a loser….go back to Long Beach and take your criminal record with you…small man lier!

  18. taxpayer says:

    it’s crazy an offer of $70,000 needs to address two thugs. If I knew who, in a heartbeat they’d be identified and monies donated to a Campos community foundation. Someone knows something and who, too. The reality is International is dominated by thugs. Mayor Quan, Councilman De La Fuente, nor Chief Batts, who I’m sure would love to catch those thugs, cannot alone. With this, suppose this won’t have an impact on patrons choosing to visit those businesses along International? The area needs a “thug” sweep. And, not with a soft broom.

  19. D.L. says:

    The description of the two suspects and the gray Buick regal or Pontiac with tinted windows and 20″ wheels fits the descriptions of two thugs I’ve seen more than once in the San Antonio neighborhood.
    Why haven’t I called the police? Because I haven’t been able to get their license plate number.

  20. THE TRUTH says:

    THEM MORENOS THINK THEY CAN GET OVER ON US LIKE THAT ,GOING AROUND THE TOWN ROBBING MEXICAN BECAUSE IT IS PRESUMMED THAT THEY CARRY LARGE AMOUNTS OF CASH. WELL THEM DAYS ARE OVER THIS MISTAKE IS GOING TO COST THEM DEARLY. JESUS CAMPOS HAS HELPED MY FAMILY MANY TIMES AND I HATE TO SEE THIS CASE GO UNANSWERED. AS FAR AS THEM COPS THEY BETTER DO THERE JOB AFTER ALL THOSE FREE MEALS JESUS HOOKED YOU UP WITH YOU OWE IT TO HIM SO DONT GO CUTTING OUT WHEN THAT FUNKY LOOKING MAYOR QUAN TELLS YOU TO DISPERSE THAT AREA.

  21. CATCH THESE FOOLS says:

    LET ME SAVE EVERYONE THE TROUBLE AND OFFER A PROPOSITION IF THE POLICE AIR THE FOOTAGE OF THE BUICK LEAVING THE SCENE AND GIVE US A GLIMPSE OF THE SUSPECTS IT MIGHT UP THE CHANCE OF SOMEONE NOTICING WHO THESE MORENOS ARE.

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