Over a month has passed since the horrific and apparent randomly targeted robbery/shooting of Alex Madias near the Emeryville Amtrak Station on February 11th. Since then, information on the circumstances and suspect have been hard to come by.
The EPD posted a Nixle update on Sunday stating that they were actively following up on all investigative leads. “Video recovered from the area the night of the shooting continues to be analyzed and tips from the community have provided leads.”
ABC Channel 7 reporter Leslie Brinkley’s February 20th video segment includes an interview with Madias’ brother Theo. His brother created a GoFundMe Page to help his brother’s recovery that has netted over a $100K.
The last update on the condition of Madias was provided about a month ago:
“Alex continues to stay stable, which for the next few days is critical to any REAL healing that can bring him back to us. His strength is dependent on him right now, but the moral support we give him is a clear reflection of the community around us that has kept our family going. We love each of you for your contribution to Alex’s success and turn-around. We cannot begin to thank you enough.”
Theo described his brother as the type of guy that would “give the shirt off his back” even to the person who shot him. Madias raised guide dogs for the blind and was an avid Star Wars fan who made appearances at local hospitals as a member of the 501st Legion enthusiast club.
Alex was walking with a friend from the Amtrak station when approached by the suspect from behind. The suspect demanded money then shot Madias in the back of the head when he did not comply.
Emeryville Police Chief Jennifer Tejada, who is featured in the ABC news segment, noted the suspect was described by a witness as “a dark-skinned male, 18 to 25 years old, wearing dark clothing.”
Meanwhile, Emeryville’s leadership has been notably silent on the subject. It is not uncommon for our Council to acknowledge the victims of national disasters and other non-local events during the special announcements segment or end of council meetings. There wasn’t a single mention of the plight of Madias at the council meeting following this tragedy.
The EPD has beefed up patrols in and around the area in response to the incident. “Our high visibility patrols in the area of the Amtrak station will continue as the investigation proceeds,” noted EPD Captain Oliver Collins in the most recent advisory.
Anyone with information regarding the recent shooting is encouraged to contact the Emeryville Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section at (510) 596-3774.