Feb 9, 2015
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A Richmond man was arrested on suspicion of firing a handgun both inside and outside a Fairfield FoodMaxx grocery store on Saturday at the same time as he was babysitting children ages 2 and 3, police told Bay City News.

Shawn Glasper, 43, of Richmond was arrested by police as he was pushing two children in a shopping cart near the Foodmaxx at 1843 N. Texas St. shortly after the shootings, the newswire reported.

Police initially responded about 11:45 a.m. to reports that a person had fired gunshots in the air near the intersection of East Tabor Avenue and North Texas Street, just north of the FoodMaxx.

Responding officers did not find a suspect, but then received calls that the same gunman had fired a gun inside the FoodMaxx at 1843 N. Texas St., police said.

Glasper was arrested when officers spotted him pushing the shopping cart with two children on North Texas. He allegedly discarded a loaded 9mm pistol when officers went to arrest him, police said.

The children were unharmed and reunited with their parents. Glasper, who may have been under the influence of drugs at the time, is reportedly their relative and was babysitting them for the weekend, police said.

He allegedly fired three shots in the 500 block of East Tabor Avenue and then one shot inside and one shot outside the FoodMaxx store, which was open and filled with shoppers, according to several witnesses.

Glasper was taken to NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield for observation before being booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm, unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, possession of a large-capacity magazine and child endangerment, according to Bay City News.


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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.