Marijuana suspected motive in Pleasant Hill homicide - first since 2012

A man was killed in a suspected marijuana robbery Saturday night in Pleasant Hill’s first homicide since 2012.

Several people called police about 11 p.m. to report hearing multiple gunshots near a home on Norse and Viking drives, not far from Diablo Valley College.

When police arrived, they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. Cprl. Christopher Anderson said that the man was alive at the time and told police what the alleged shooter had said before the gun went off: “The suspect made several statements to the victim, regarding or targeting marijuana... and it was a robbery,” Anderson recalled of the conversation. 

The man ultimately died from his injuries, police said.

Police would not identify the victim, what the suspect said or whether there was any marijuana in the home. Police also would not say if the shooter and the victim knew each other. 

Neighbors have long suspected drug activity inside this suburban looking home.

“We knew what was going on,” said a neighbor who only wanted to be identified as Vicky, who added that she often saw “ little baggies of marijuana in their yard.”