VIDEO: Attorney fatally shot outside of home in El Cerrito


EL CERRITO (KRON) — A man that was fatally shot outside of his home in El Cerrito has been identified as attorney James G. Gilliand Jr.

On Thursday at 8:53 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 2600 block of Mira Vista Drive on reports of multiple 911 calls in regards to shots fired.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a male victim on his front porch suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Medical aid was administered to the victim, but he succumbed to his injuries.

According to police, the victim had just returned home when he was confronted by unknown suspects.

After the investigation, police learned that one of the suspects shot and killed the male victim.

No arrests have been made at this point.

El Cerrito Police Department is continuing to investigate this residential homicide.

Mr. James G. Gilliland Jr. was an attorney. The El Cerrito Police Department and the El Cerrito Community extend their condolences to the family for their tragic loss.


Statement from Susan Spaeth, Managing Partner of Kilpatrick Townsend —

We are deeply saddened by the death of our colleague, friend and partner, Jim Gilliland.  Our most heartfelt condolences and sympathies go to Jim’s family and all of his colleagues, friends and clients.

Jim was dedicated to his wife, Vickie, his four children and his parents.  They were the center of his life.  His passions spanned from spending time with his family to singing, enjoying the arts, travel and sports.

Jim was an absolute pillar of our law firm. He was our trusted colleague and close friend, as well as a mentor and role model to so many. Jim will be missed deeply. He was truly a great lawyer, and his many clients trusted him with their most difficult cases.  Jim had been successfully trying cases in federal and state courts around the country for 35 years. Over his amazing career, Jim led our firm in many ways — as Managing Partner, Chairman, and most recently served as Chairman of our Litigation Department.

It is truly a great loss for the Kilpatrick Townsend family and the legal community. We offer our thoughts and prayers to Jim’s family and friends.

El Cerrito police are looking into additional evidence and they encourage anyone with information or security camera footage to provide it to the police.

Those who may have information on this case are encouraged to contact the El Cerrito police by calling 510-215-4400, emailing, or by leaving voicemail message at 510-215-4414 ext 40

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