"Richmond Gone Wild" 12 People Shot In 24 Hours

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"Richmond Gone Wild" 12 People Shot In 24 Hours

Unread post by YungLoCC » August 12th, 2007, 11:50 am

Richmond Streets Erupt In Violence; 12 People Shot

POSTED: 12:21 pm PDT August 11, 2007

RICHMOND -- Investigators Saturday were trying to unravel the facts behind one of the most violent 24-hour periods in recent Richmond history as 12 people were wounded in a variety of shootings.

"It just was one of those time periods," Richmond police Lt. Michael Booker said of the shootings.

Officers located the first shooting victim Friday morning when they were called to the Kaiser Hospital emergency room where the victim was being treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The victim, a 45-year-old man, told police he was shot by an unknown assailant around 8:30 a.m. Friday while he was repairing a vehicle in the 100 block of Espee Avenue, which is located in Richmond's Central District, Booker reported. The victim was later taken to John Muir Medical Center and was listed in serious but stable condition.

Around 4:30 p.m. Friday, another shooting victim was found laying on his back suffering from gunshot wounds to his left arm and back in front of 3911 Clinton Ave. in Richmond's Northern District, Booker said.

Police said the victim was injured from gunshots that came from a newer-model sport utility vehicle. The victim was airlifted to John Muir Medical Center in critical condition, but Booker said he is expected to survive.

About five hours later, four more victims were shot in the city's Northern District. Booker said gunfire erupted around 9:34 p.m. Friday in front of the El Tapatio Restaurant located at 910 23rd Street after an unknown suspect got in to a verbal altercation with one of the victims about gang affiliation.

Four men sustained gunshot wounds, police reported. One man who was hit in the abdomen was airlifted to John Muir Medical Center in critical condition. The other three victims were listed in stable condition at Kaiser Hospital and Doctors Medical Center.

Booker said it was not known if any of the victims were affiliated with gang activity.

A drive-by shooting around 2 a.m. Saturday in the city's Central District injured two more men, Booker reported.

One victim was shot in the back of his head and the other in the neck while they were in the area of 20th Street and Dunn Avenue. Both men were expected to survive.

Booker said the shooters were described as Hispanic men in their early 20s. Police said the suspect vehicle is a four-door sedan. Booker reported the shooting may be gang-related.

Officers later received word of four more shooting victims who had shown up at Kaiser Hospital around 4:40 a.m. Booker said the men had all been involved in a shooting that had taken place in the area of South 4th Street and Maine Avenue in the city's Southern District.

One victim who had been shot in the chest was taken to John Muir Medical Center in critical condition. The others were admitted to Kaiser Hospital in conditions ranging from fair to serious, Booker said. All four of the victims are expected to survive.

Booker said this spate of shootings occurred in different parts of the city, including areas like the Central District that were not typically plagued by gun violence.

"We don't ordinarily have shootings where those shootings occurred," he said. "That's what's strange about it. We have some issues in the Southern District but we haven't had a shooting there in a few weeks."

It is unknown if any of the shootings were related, police said.

In addition to the regular beat patrol officers, Booker said there are additional police units working the streets Saturday.

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