Slain Robbery Suspect Had Gun, Police Say

Kibrom Bairu, 18, of Hayward died after being shot during a robbery at the Gold N Treasures on San Ramon Valley Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon.

The man who was shot in a robbery attempt at the  on Wednesday, then later died, was 18-year-old Kibrom Bairu of Hayward, San Ramon police said.

Bairu was one of four suspects who attempted to rob the jewelry store at about 4:35 p.m. Bairu was making threatening statements and was the only suspect brandishing a firearm when he was shot once. After being wounded, he left the store and collapsed on San Ramon Valley Boulevard.

Responding officers arrested Bairu and he was taken to , where he later died.

San Ramon police have yet to release who shot Bairu, just saying it was a man inside the store. There were store employees and a customer in the Gold N Treasures at the time of the robbery.

The others suspects reportedly fled in a 1990s white sedan and are still being sought by police, Police Chief Scott Holder said.

The case is still under investigation and San Ramon police ask if anyone has any information to call them at 925-973-2700.

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Janice P Ellis June 10, 2012 at 03:11 PM
The REAL ugly truth, tom925, is that you can preach your black male statistics until the cows in the lovely hills of San Ramon come home, but, there is no justification for stereotyping. Not every young black male glorifies the thug lifestyle. Many are striving to earn college degrees or attending trade schools as they strive to grow up to have honest, productive lives. No one is just a race - we are all individuals and we all deserve to be treated as such. You can't take a race of people, throw them in a box and slap a label on them. We are all unique. Nice try, but, the tired old argument of "...well, I HAVE to stereotype; just look at the statistics!" just doesn't fly. There is a lot of good in people that you will absolutely miss by stereotyping. I'm a perfect example of that. Your eyes are open, but, you don't see.
Janice P Ellis June 10, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Thanks for the link, Renae! I agree, everyone SHOULD watch this. It's so very easy to make assumptions about people based on anything except who each of us really is. I'm not saying that attempting to do so isn't always a challenge, but, I've always believed that stereotyping is just a short, very slippery slope to being a full blown racist. Hate is not the reason we were created. And, racism is actually just a specific form of hate.
Sidnee Marie June 10, 2012 at 04:53 PM
He said LOOKED LIKE--not acted like. Big difference.
Nadja Adolf June 28, 2012 at 09:25 PM
It isn't racism to tell the truth. And the truth is that between the drug laws and the welfare system, Black people are worse off now than they were in the 1950s. Whites aren't doing much better; in the 1960s, there was real concern in the Black community over an illegitimacy rate of 23% - the same rate now found in Whites. The simple reality, not much approved by feminists and fans of Murphy Brown, is that young Black men lack responsible male role models AKA as fathers in the house. Who has time to be a male model for the young Black male born out of wedlock? The thugs hanging out on the corner who practice Faganism and use minors to commit acts that would result in serious jail time for adults. Who is to blame for this? We can quit blaming allegedly privileged White males and deal with the fact that so-called Black leaders encourage welfare dependency rather than demanding meaningful changes for Black communities. One sees riots in the street over dead thugs; and no mention at all of decent young Black men killed by thugs. Politicians of all hues and religions do ghetto walks before elections, walking around money gets distributed, and the speeches focus on obtaining bigger welfare checks and more free health care. No one ever suggests booting school administrations that fail to teach - or imprisoning adult males who impregnate young teenage girls.
Nadja Adolf June 28, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Lets look at Oakland, where a school administrator announced that so-called "Black English" should be taught and used in the schools. The really, really, really funny thing about this is that "Black English" was a result of strict racial school and housing segregation in Northern and other urban areas. If one listens to the old WPA recordings, one finds that Black people in the 1930s who lived in less segregated areas sounded just like the White folks down the road. Bill Cosby had it right - you can't be a doctor if you can't speak grammatical English, either Basic or Standard. And it would be really nice if our idiot politicians quit justifying thug life among "People of Color" (formerly known as 'Colored people" - which only goes to show that liberal politicians still think everyone looks alike - Africans, AmerIndians, American Blacks, Chicanos, Tejanos, and new immigration Asians).


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