Very sad news coming from The Trib this morning: Jesus “Chuy” Campos, a prominent East Bay restaurateur, was shot outside his Oakland business around 5:30 this morning in what looks like an attempted robbery. Campos, who was active in the local business community and who had served as President of the Fruitvale Merchant’s Association, had been operating his popular International Avenue “Mexicatessan” since 1986; five years ago, he opened a sister restaurant on Webster Street in Alameda.
“It was always Campos’ dream to have restaurant, not just for himself, but to build a business for his family,” Oakland City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente told the Trib. “It was an unbelievable story. He went from nothing, not even speaking English, to owning a block. And for it to end this way is just not right. People don’t have any respect for human life. We have to get these people off the street.”
In a statement to the Chron, Mayor Jean Quan praised Campos’ involvement in the community. “Mr. Campos was well known for his generosity and will be missed by many. He was very dedicated to our community and attended the Fruitvale merchants meeting just two days ago with the express goal of making the area safer,” she said.
According again to Harry Harris at the Trib, Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the shooter’s arrest. Anyone with information can call police at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572 or 510-777-3211.