OAKLAND — An Alameda Safeway employee was charged Monday with gambling debt-related fatal shootings of a co-worker and a bakery delivery man, police said.
Police said the suspect, Andrew Wong, 20, owed money to both victims, in one case as much as $5,000. He is charged with two counts of murder with special-circumstances enhancements of multiple homicides, one killing committed during a burglary, one killing committed during a robbery, and lying in wait.
He is charged with the April 4 killing of Quang Quach, 36, who was shot inside his home in the 600 block of Foothill Boulevard and the July 31 killing of David Wells, 52, a bakery delivery man slain in a parking lot near Oakland International Airport.
Wong was arraigned on the charges Monday but did not enter a plea. The case was continued until today to see who will represent him. He is being held without bail.
Police said Wong made admissions to a relative about his involvement in the Quach killing and boasted to other people about killing both victims. Authorities said they have been able to link calls made to both victims' cell phones to a phone Wong has access to.
Sgt. Jim Rullamas said Wong made mostly sports bets with both victims. He reportedly owed $5,000 to Quach, with whom he worked at the Safeway store at 2130 South Shore Center in Alameda. How much he owed Wells was not known.
Wells, of Oakdale, worked as a bakery delivery man, and the Safeway store was on his route. Police suspect Wong set up a pre-dawn meeting with Wells in the parking lot on Harbor Bay Parkway off Doolittle Drive and killed him there.
There was no sign of forced entry at Quach's apartment. Police believe Wong was probably let inside by Quach before shooting him.
Quach, who liked football and fishing and whose friends called him John, was found by his wife when she returned home from her job at a restaurant. The couple had no children.
Wong was arrested Thursday night after driving away from an Alameda home on Shannon Circle, where he lived with his parents. Police found dozens of guns in the home but are unsure if any were used to kill the two men. None of Wong's family could be reached for a comment Monday.
Police said Wong has worked at the Safeway since 2007 and was the assistant night manager. Quach worked a night shift at the store as a food stocker.
Staff writers Sean Maher and Peter Hegarty contributed to this story.