Chauncey Bailey, 57, a journalist, and a former reporter for The Oakland Tribune and the editor of the Oakland Post was walking to work when he was ambushed and slain Thursday morning , about 7:30 a.m., when a man wearing a mask shot Bailey multiple times and then fled. Bailey had been working on a story about Your Black Muslim Bakery before he was ambushed and slain, his colleagues said. Now it looks like Muslims were involved, as the guns recovered from raids in which authorities arrested seven members of an Oakland Black Muslim group who investigators suspect were involved in the killing of Bailey and two others, are linked to Bailey’s murder.
Police Lt. Ersie Joyner said he believes those responsible for Bailey’s death were among the seven people arrested Friday. Investigators believed they recovered the weapon used in Bailey’s killing, but Joyner did not offer details about the gun. Assistant Police Chief Howard Jordan said the raids were part of a yearlong investigation into a variety of violent crimes, including two homicides earlier this year and a kidnapping and torture case.
Your Black Muslim Bakery was founded in 1968 by the late Yusuf Bey as a haven for struggling urban families. It sells natural baked goods alongside books by Malcolm X and other black leaders. He had written stories for the Tribune about the bakery and its founder when Bey was facing rape charges in Alameda County. Most of those charges were dropped, although one was pending when Bey died in 2003. Yusuf Bey IV, who was in custody Friday, took over the original bakery and several franchises. In 2005, he was accused of being the ringleader in a group of black Muslims who smashed liquor bottles in corner stores and berated the Muslim owners for selling alcohol to the black community. Your Black Muslim bakery has had financial problems for several years and filed for bankruptcy in October 2006.