Richmond police officers have been busy the past few days, having responded to at least three separate shooting incidents Sunday and Monday, with the most recent gunfire leading to a police chase and four arrests.
The first shooting occurred Sunday about 3:40 p.m., when a ShotSpotter gun detection system was activated near Kennedy High, leading to a police response, Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said. Officers located casings on Berk Avenue, but no victims or suspects. The shots fired reportedly occurred during a youth football event and led to an announcer “calling the game early and asking attendees to safely exit the athletic field stands,” the East Bay Times reported.
Later that evening about 9 p.m., officers responded to another ShotSpotter gun shot detection, this time in the 2200 block of Macdonald Avenue, Tan said. There, a 27-year-old man was found suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower extremities. He was airlifted to John Muir Medical Center. His condition as of Tuesday wasn’t known.
No suspects have been identified in the second shooting. Witnesses said a vehicle stopped on Nevin Avenue near 24th, when an occupant exited the car to shoot at the victim. The vehicle fled after the shooting.
Then on Monday at 9:11 p.m., officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation of about 11 rounds at 8th Street and Lincoln Avenue. A victim had been struck at least once by gunfire but managed to provide a description of the suspect vehicle — a dark SUV with four occupants — to police.
Officers spotted a car matching the description at Cutting Blvd and S.49th Street. The SUV driver refused to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued onto Interstate Highway 80, where the suspect exited after a few minutes and stopped on Humboldt Avenue.
The driver, a 26-year-old Sacramento man, fled from the car and ran toward the freeway embankment. Three other occupants remained by the car and complied after a police K-9 unit responded to the scene.
“Of the three suspects, a 16 year old suspect was found to be in possession of a loaded semi-auto pistol,” police said. “Another loaded semi-auto pistol was found in the backseat, next to a 26-year-old male from Vallejo.”
The California Highway Patrol assisted with air support, helping police locate the driver along I-80 near Solano Avenue. The roadway was closed for about 30 minutes during the search, police said.
All four suspects were taken into custody and another firearm was eventually located on the front yard of a residence, police said.
Motives for any of the recent shootings were not immediately known.