Alameda Man Charged With 2 Gambling Debt Murders

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A supermarket manager in Alameda had been charged with the murders of two friends with whom he apparently had gambling debts.

Police say 20-year-old Andrew Wong, an assistant night manager at Safeway, fatally shot the two men less than a year apart. Prosecutors charged him Monday with two counts of murder with special circumstances of multiple homicides, killing during a burglary and killing during a robbery.

Police say Wong killed 52-year-old David Wells, a bakery deliveryman, in a parking lot on July 31, then killed 36-year-old Quang Quach, a Safeway co-worker, on April 3 at the victim's house.

Investigators believe Wong owed Quach $5,000 from sporting event bets; it's unclear how much he owed Wells.

Wong has been held in an Alameda County jail since his arrest Thursday night.

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