Two people have died as the result of shootings in Richmond since Friday, according to police and the Contra Costa County coroner’s office.
Kevin Peter, 30, of Pinole, died as a result of a shooting in the 1000 block of 13th Street on Friday that injured two others, authorities said. The shooting occurred about 10 p.m. and when police arrived, they found a man unresponsive in the driver’s seat suffering from critical wounds, as well as a woman with serious gunshot injuries, police said. A third victim walked into a local hospital with injuries from the shooting, which remains under investigation.
A shooting on Saturday also claimed the life of 37-year-old Vennysia Jackson.
Just before 4 p.m., Richmond police officers responded to the intersection of Harbour Way and Macdonald Ave after hearing gunfire in area. As officers arrived on scene, they found two vehicles that had collided into each other, police spokesman Lt. Matthew Stonebreaker said. Both vehicles were struck by gunfire. Jackson was found with several gunshot wounds. She was transported to a local hospital where she subsequently succumbed to her injuries.
Police say the possible suspect vehicle is a newer model, light gray four-door Infiniti.
The deaths follow a spate of gun violence that has erupted recently in Richmond, including a triple shooting at the St. John’s Apartments last weekend.
The incidents have drawn concern from community advocates such as Rodney “Alamo” Brown, the founder of Soulful Softball Sunday.
“We gotta stop the bleeding some how,” Brown told the Standard.