Three arrested following celebratory gunfire incident

Three arrested following celebratory gunfire incident
Photo courtesy of the Richmond Police Department

Three people were arrested after allegedly shooting off celebratory gunfire from a Richmond home on New Year’s Eve, police said.

At about 9:45 p.m., an officer heard numerous gunshots ring out in the 600 block of 21st street and attempted to locate them, police said. The officer heard more gunshots when he arrived at the home and waited for backup. By then, a neighbor had called police regarding the gunfire.

“As soon as the officers arrived and formulated a plan, they converged on the house, police said. “As the officers approached, they saw the driveway and a private alley way strewn with expended shell casings, and two assault style rifles.”

After officers interviewed multiple suspects, they determined three were responsible for the gunfire. One of the suspects was from Richmond, another from San Jose and another from Concord.

Two loaded rifles and two loaded pistols were found following a search..

“The long guns were determined to be assault rifles,” police said. “All the firearms were seized and the suspects were all taken to jail.”

Celebratory gunfire can be dangerous. In San Leandro early New Year’s Day, a woman was accidentally struck by celebratory gunfire. She is expected to survive.

“We are proud of our officers’ abilities to hold their composure and rely on their training while dealing with this extremely dangerous situation,” police Lt. Felix Tan said. “The department is relieved that nobody was hurt in this chaotic incident.”