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Victim In Fatal Walnut Creek Shooting Identified

WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) -- Authorities identified the victim Tuesday in a fatal shooting near a Walnut Creek nightclub over the weekend.

Police said that 25-year-old San Pablo resident Lutfi Abbushi died after he and three others were shot on SOS Drive near N. Main Street at 1:37 a.m. Sunday.

Witnesses said a gunman fired multiple rounds at a car leaving the parking lot. They said the car somehow reversed and backed into a light pole as shots were fired at the car occupants.

At the time, the nearby Spoontonic Lounge was packed with at least 50 people, according to witnesses.

Lutfi Abbushi (Courtesy of the Abbushi family)

"Everybody was having a great time. The drinks were flowing, the girls were coming, it was great," said Rob Aryen.

First responders took the other three victims to a nearby hospital to be treated for their wounds. Their statuses were still unknown Tuesday.

Police confirmed that the victims and suspect had been in the club before the incident.

The popular bar and club has been around for many years. Spoontonic owner Ajit Ahluwalia released a statement that read "We are deeply shocked and saddened by this -- we hate any kind of violence, especially one that's in our community. Our prayers are with the family of the victim and we will fully cooperate with law enforcement on anything they need."

Abbushi's death was the third homicide of 2021 in Walnut Creek.

Walnut Creek police asked that those with information regarding the shooting contact Detective Gerstner at (925) 256-3578.

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