Walnut Creek quickly imposes curfew after woman is shot, as East Bay cities grapple with looting across shopping centers

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The city of Walnut Creek quickly imposed a curfew Sunday evening after a woman was shot in the city’s downtown and hundreds of people gathered there and at shopping centers around the East Bay in a widespread looting frenzy.

The young woman was among the crowds near Walnut Creek’s Broadway Plaza shopping corridor and was shot near Koja Kitchen, a restaurant at the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Locust Street, according to a restaurant employee who saw the shooting.

At around 5:42 p.m., a single shot could be heard as cars were trying to make their way west on Olympic towards Locust, honking, a block from the Apple store, as a groups of looters were running up the sidewalk and darting in and around traffic. A man came out of Koja’s Kitchen, wearing a white t-shirt, repeating, “she’s been shot!” to nearby officers and yelling out the digits of a license plate for a car that may have been involved.

The woman, who had been hit in the arm with a bullet, grimaced as the man from Koja’s led her to sidewalk to sit down. But she remained alert as police and emergency responders tended to her wounds until she could be taken to John Muir.

Walnut Creek City Manager Dan Buckshi said he believed she was shot by another person who had been involved in the area looting, but did not say whether a suspect had been arrested.

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