Congressman DeSaulnier releases statement in wake of mass shooting in Richmond

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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (Photo courtesy of his office)

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier released a statement Monday in the wake of a mass shooting in Richmond Sunday night that killed three people and wounded five others.

The congressman’s statement follows in full:

“Yet again, we grieve with the families of the victims of a senseless mass shooting, this time in Richmond right here in Contra Costa County. I express my deepest condolences to the families, loved ones, and community members affected by this tragedy and thank the first responders who have been assisting. As information about this horrific event come to light, we must do everything in our power to put reforms in place to stop future tragedies and save lives. House Democrats have passed commonsense gun violence legislation to address this crisis by expanding and closing loopholes in background checks, and every day Senate Republicans refuse to act, more Americans die needlessly.”

According to the Richmond Police Department, the shooting occurred just before 11 p.m. in the 2100 block of Dunn Ave., where a house party was taking place with about 80 to 100 people. Two of the eight victims were pronounced deceased at the scene and the third victim died at the hospital, police said. None have been identified. At least three of the victims had been released from the hospital as of Monday morning, and a third was in critical condition, police said.

No arrests have bee announced, and while the shooting appears to have been targeted a motive wasn’t known, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Det. Brian Hoffman at BHoffman@RichmondPD.net or (510) 621-1755, or call the Richmond PD tip line at (510) 307-T1PS (510-307-8177); you can always remain anonymous while providing information.