Sep 19, 2016

A 29-year-old man was fatally shot in the area of S. 47th Street and Carlson Boulevard on Monday morning, police said.

Officers responded to calls about a shooting about 10:53 a.m. and found the victim seated behind the wheel of a vehicle, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

The victim has been identified Javonte Prothro of Hercules.

“At this time, there is no suspect information nor has a motive been determined, as investigators continue to investigate this homicide,” police spokesman Lt. Andre Hill said.

The shooting was the latest in a string of recent gun violence in Richmond. On Friday night, a teenager was killed in a shooting in the Hilltop area. Earlier that day, a shooting injured two people, including a man who was targeted as well as a 16-month-old child who was struck by a stray bullet while in his mother’s arms.

On Aug. 31, Maxim Biswas, 30, was fatally shot at the intersection of Marina Way South and Wright Avenue in Richmond. And in the two days leading up to that homicide, there were three separate shooting incidents in Richmond: One near Kennedy High that cut short a Richmond Steelers event, although no one was injured; another later that evening near Nevin Avenue near 24th that injured a 27-year-old man; and a shooting that injured a man on 8th Street and Lincoln Avenue and led to a major police chase with four arrests.

Other recent incidents of gunfire have occurred in neighboring areas. On Monday of last week, two people were shot and injured in the 600 block of El Centro Road in El Sobrante. And two weeks ago, a 21-year-old man was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old pregnant woman in San Pablo.

Anyone with information about the most recent shooting is asked to call RPD Homicide Detective F. Rivera at 510-620-6613.


  1. The community should recognize this reporting because it highlights the persistent and prevelant violence that exists in Richmond CA. What is it going to take to stop the insanity? The community is suffering while our residents are killing one another. As residents, we think this is ok and somewhat normal until it happens to one of our own family members. That’s when we feel the need to react. But in reality we need to stand up, band together and stop violence in its tracks. It is us, the parents. The role models and the residents of our community that can stop it.

    Why | Sep 20th, 2016
  2. Peace love and much respect to the

    Why | Sep 20th, 2016
  3. The violence has to stop. Too many senseless killings, families and love ones hurting.

    Arlene bernstine | Sep 20th, 2016
  4. This is senseless and the Richmond community deserves better than this.

    Why | Sep 20th, 2016
  5. Like they say a bunch of CLOWNS are terrorizing the nation. Some here in Richmond CA

    Obama | Oct 8th, 2016

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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.