Livermore police arrest suspect in Sunday's double homicide

2 men killed near Altamont Creek, Winding Stream drives

A suspect arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of two men in Livermore late Sunday afternoon was identified by police Monday as 28-year-old James Wears of Livermore.

Wears was arrested in the area of Bluebell Drive and Sunflower Court at about 9 p.m. Sunday, about four and a half hours after the fatal shooting in the area of Altamont Creek and Winding Stream drives, Livermore police spokeswoman Officer Traci Rebiejo said.

Officers who responded to the shooting found two men on the ground suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, according to Rebiejo.

One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was transported to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, Rebiejo said.

Both victims are believed to be in their 20s but police aren't releasing their names yet, Rebiejo said.

Police believe Wears and the two victims knew each other and met up on Sunday afternoon to exchange contraband. The shooting occurred after something went wrong, she said.

Wears currently is being held at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm but police anticipate that he may later face charges related to the fatal shooting, Rebiejo said.

Police believe the shooting was "an isolated incident" and the Livermore community is still safe, she said.

The deaths of the two men are the first homicides in Livermore since Dec. 28, 2012, when 28-year-old Kenneth Robert Ogden was shot to death near the Springtown Golf Course, according to Rebiejo.

Jacob Kober, 26, of Livermore, was convicted last week of first-degree murder for Ogden's death and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 23.

Livermore police said anyone with information about the fatal shooting of the two men on Sunday should call the department at (925) 371-4987.

Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

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