Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey is shot near courthouse Thursday

Chauncey Bailey, a new editor of the Oakland Post was shot to death Thursday. It happened in the downtown near the building of court.

Bailey, who had been a reporter for The Oakland Tribune before moving to the Post in June, was killed around 7:30 a.m., Oakland Police spokesman Roland Holmgren said. He said witnesses told police that a single gunman had shot Bailey and then fled.

Police had no motive for the killing but said it did not appear to be random. Holmgren said investigators would look into any possible connections with Bailey's work.

Bailey grew up in Oakland and worked with several area media outlets, including KDIA radio and Soul Beat TV, a local cable channel. He wrote for the Tribune for more than 10 years before being named editor of the Post, a weekly community newspaper.

Oakland Tribune managing editor Martin G. Reynolds said Bailey was "a friend, a valued colleague and a loving father" whose coverage of Oakland's black community was "a tremendous asset."

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland offered up to $10,000 (EUR 7,318) in reward money for information leading to the gunman's arrest.