NEWARK -- A 21-year-old Newark man was fatally gunned down early Saturday in a drive-by shooting near Thornton Avenue and Mulberry Street, police said.

It was the city's first homicide of the year, said Cmdr. Mike Carroll.

Officers received a report of a shooting there at 4:03 a.m. and when they arrived they found a 22-year-old Castro Valley man shot in the upper thigh and the Newark man shot in the upper legs and arm, police said. He later died at a local hospital; the Castro Valley man is expected to survive.

Detectives from the Newark Police Department and Southern Alameda County Major Crimes Task Force were investigating, but no additional information including a suspect or a motive was released on Saturday.

The last homicide in Newark took place in January 2012.

Robert Louis Cheney, 69, of Pleasanton, died when a vehicle carrying three burglary suspects crashed into his car, police said. Cheney's two-door Honda was struck by a Chevy Malibu in the intersection of Cherry Street and Mowry Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are asking anyone with information about Saturday's shooting to call police at 510-578-4237. Information can also be left anonymously on the "Silent Witness" hotline at 510-578-4965.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.