May 13, 2014
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Every available Richmond police officer was called to the scene of a shooting that critically injured a man in the Iron Triangle neighborhood Monday night in order to monitor an “unruly crowd” that had gathered after the incident, police said Tuesday.

Officers responded to the 400 block of Bissell Avenue about 6 p.m. following a ShotSpotter activation, Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said. A 25-year-old Oakland man was found suffering from gunshot wounds to the chest. He was transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he underwent surgery and is expected to survive, Abektov said.

The man’s identity was not released.

The shooting suspect fled and had not been located as of Tuesday morning. A preliminary investigation indicated there may have been a getaway vehicle involved. At the scene of the crime, however, police had to handle more than just the shooting investigation.

“They had to deal with a pretty unruly crowd,” Abetkov said. “Every officer that was available had to go down there and help with the scene.”

Witnesses were also described as uncooperative with police investigators.

“Obviously we’re going to have to do a bunch of follow-up,” Abetkov said.

Luckily, no one but the shooting victim was injured as the result of the incident, and no participants in the allegedly unruly crowd were arrested.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.