Suspect in killing of 16-year-old Terrance Forks turns self in

Richmond police say 30-year-old Melinda Gaffney has turned herself into police. She is the suspect in a fatal shooting of 16-year-old Terrance Forks in Richmond last week.
Melinda Gaffney, 30, of Richmond, is a suspect in a fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy last week.

Melinda Gaffney, the suspect in last week’s fatal shooting of 16-year-old Terrance Forks near the Crescent Park Apartments complex in Richmond, reportedly turned herself into police in San Francisco on Monday.

“Gaffney will be transferred to Contra Costa County in the next couple days,” Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said early Tuesday.

The April 8 killing in the 3900 block of Fleming Avenue reportedly occurred during an argument. Forks was shot about 10:20 p.m. Responding police found the 16-year-old lying on the ground suffering from a bullet wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses said Gaffney took off after the shooting in a white 1999 Lexus with tinted windows. Investigators, who have reportedly recovered the Lexus but not the murder weapon, credited those witnesses with identifying Gaffney as a suspect. No other suspect has been identified, although police say the investigation into the city’s third homicide of 2014 is ongoing.

“We are still asking anyone who had information regarding the case to call the Richmond Police Department,” Abetkov said.