The Contra Costa County coroner’s office on Friday identified the victim of a homicide in Richmond on Thursday as 35-year-old Mark Johnson Jr. of Richmond.
Johnson was found fatally shot in the 200 block of S. 15th Street about 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, according to police. No suspects have been announced nor described in connection with the homicide, which was the third fatal shooting in Richmond since Saturday. Before then, the city went through a period of nearly five months without a homicide.
The uptick in deadly violence prompted this statement by Richmond Mayor Tom Butt.