CONCORD (KPIX 5) — Police in Concord announced Tuesday evening they have arrested five people including an adult gunman in connection with the fatal shooting of a teen only steps away from his high school Monday afternoon.
Police had issued an announcement that they had made several arrests early Tuesday afternoon.
Investigators said that after school let out Monday, 17-year-old Lawrence Jansen was with a group of classmates about two blocks away from campus when a suspect rolled up in a dark, four-door sedan.
The suspect got out, argued with the group of teens and then started shooting, striking Lawrence.
The shooter got away. Lawrence managed to get back to campus for help, but he later died at an area hospital.
During a press briefing Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m., Concord Police Lt. Nick Gartner said the five suspects were going to be charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Because the suspects were both adults and juveniles, authorities said they would not be releasing their names yet.
Police say they have recovered the murder weapon and the vehicle used in the shooting. They are still trying to figure out a motive.
“We believe Lawrence was targeted, so there is some sort of connection there that led to this shooting yesterday,” said Concord Police Lt. Nick Gartner.
Earlier Tuesday, the parents of the East Bay teenager who was gunned down the day before made a tearful plea for justice.
Olympic Continuation High School students stopped by a growing memorial for their classmate who was gunned down just a few hundred feet from the school Monday afternoon.
17-year-old Jansen had a full life ahead of him. His classmates remember him as a generous and genuine friend, always clad in his ever present grey hooded sweatshirt.
“He was that friend that everyone needed. He was real,” said Olympic Continuation High School student Jordan Shannon.
At the school, many students wore grey sweaters to honor Lawrence. Some dropped off candles at the memorial, while others wrote notes.
Jansen’s parents stopped by the memorial, remembering Lawrence as loving son and uncle.
“He didn’t deserve this,” said his tearful father Raul Bravo.
“He was a good boy. He was a good boy,” sobbed his mother Jeanine Jansen.
On Tuesday, his parents were demanding justice.
“We want the people to be caught,” cried the teens mother Jansen.
“I want them to find the people that did this, because they don’t deserve to be out. They are a bunch of cowards taking my sons life,” said Bravo.
Police said they do not have motive for the shooting and have noted that it does not seem to be gang related, but they do believe it was targeted.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact Concord police immediately.