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San Leandro Man Charged With Photographer’s Murder

Lionel Fluker was shot and killed Friday night by a stray bullet fired by 38-year-old Anthony Lister of San Leandro, according to media reports.

A former Oakland Tribune and East Bay photographer killed Friday night in Oakland died from a stray bullet fired by a San Leandro man, according to media reports.

Anthony Lister, 38, a 10-time felon, was charged with the murder of 54-year-old Lionel Fluker during his arraignment on Tuesday, the Tribune reports.

According to the Tribune, Fluker was fatally wounded at around 10:15 p.m. while driving home along Seminary Avenue near MacArthur Boulevard as Lister and an another man were engaged in a gunfight at a nearby Valero gas station.

Lister, who was struck multiple times during the shootout, fired the shot that claimed Fluker’s life. The veteran Bay Area photographer was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lister managed to flee the scene in a car and was taken to Highland Hospital where he was later arrested, according to the Tribune.

Lister, who also goes by the alias Joe Daniel McNeely, was charged with murder along with various weapons charges. He is being held without bail.

According to the Tribune, Lister’s rap sheet spans 20 years and includes two stints in prison.

The second gunman has not yet been identified. Authorities told the Tribune that the man could also face criminal charges in connection to Fluker’s killing.

Fluker’s only daughter told the Tribune that her father was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“My father (was) an innocent man and he was taken from me far too soon,” Dominique Fluker, 20, said.

Fluker, who worked for more than a decade as a freelance photographer for the Oakland Tribune.

"He was an upbeat person," CVSAN General Manager Roland P. Williams, Jr. told Patch. "He was always laughing. It was infectious."

Fluker, a graduate of Berkeley High School, joined the Tribune as an intern and was later hired as a freelance photographer.

In addition to photography, Fluker had an engineering career and was into bicycling and fitness.

Nick Lammers, director of photography for the Bay Area News Group, which publishes the Oakland Tribune, remembered Fluker as the "happiest, life-affirming man."

Read the Tribune report and see a slideshow of Fluker’s work here.

Jessica Gardner April 10, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Why was this POS out? 10 felonies and those are the ones he was caught and convicted of
Kathy Armijo April 10, 2013 at 05:11 PM
They had this ten time felon in prison for Pete's sake, why did they let him out????
Luther Young April 10, 2013 at 10:02 PM
10 time convicted felon? I wonder how many other crimes he commited that didn't get caught for. That thought alone is staggering. Is there one clear thinking person out there that has even an ounce of faith in our justice system? If so, I'd love to hear that line of rationale.
Robert April 11, 2013 at 08:57 AM
The california voters passed a law allowing the re-evaluation and release of thousands of 3 strikers. Now, this lister guy will get his required third "violent" felony that will put him where he belongs....thanks.....to the california voters.
Luther Young April 11, 2013 at 05:25 PM
This is assuming that he had "violent" felonies prior. I digress, the fact that California voters initially voted the 3 strikes law and since it has been attacked by those that sympathize with the degenrates of society. Yes we have prison overcrowding (so we have been told), but that should put the emphasis on building additional facilities to house these animals. Not releasing them. Besides, if this guy had TEN FELONIES, what does it take not to be released? We are doomed as a society.

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