FAIRFIELD — Two people were shot on a Fairfield street Thursday evening, a few hundred feet from where kids were playing baseball at Laurel Creek Park.
Police heard reports of the shooting at 7:22 p.m. They responded to Peppertree Drive and Willow Lane, a residential neighborhood across the street from the park.
Two victims showed up at NorthBay Medical Center, having been brought there without an ambulance, Lt. Brad Collins said. He did not know their conditions at 10 p.m., saying they had been taken into surgery.
“I don’t know if it was an exchange of gunfire or a drive-by shooting,” he said.
The shooting does not appear to be related to any house on Willow Lane, but vehicles, he said. But he also said information was preliminary.
In the wake of the shooting, police bulletins went out to search for a certain type of car.
Police blocked off Peppertree Drive at Willow Lane by tying yellow tape to a tree, a street sign pole and a fence. They set up small, yellow markers on Willow Lane near the intersection.
Several people, adult and youths, stood near the tape. They said they were afraid to give their names for publication, but that they had been involved in T-ball and baseball games at Laurel Creek Park across the street from Willow Lane at the time of the shooting.
They described hearing five to 10 loud shots. Coaches quickly made the youths, some of them only 5, get into the dugouts.
“It’s pretty scary our kids can’t even play an innocent game of baseball without this happening,” one of the adults said. “It’s was pretty scary.”
Fairfield has experienced a series of shootings this year, including four homicides.
The latest homicide took place April 19 when two shooting victims again showed up at NorthBay Medical Center. Gustavo Banda, 27, of Fairfield, died and a 15-year-old was wounded. Police a week ago arrested Jason Thompson, 21, of Fairfield, on suspicion of murder and attempted murder and Malik Howse, 20, of Fairfield, on suspicion of being an accessory to a crime.
Police at a community crime meeting Tuesday said they have solved three of the four homicide cases this year. In the unsolved case, 15 to 20 witnesses were unwilling to speak, they said.
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