Fairfield police officers respond to the scene of a shooting on Willow Lane in Fairfield, Thursday. Two people were shot and transported to NorthBay Medical Center by private vehicles. (Adam Smith/Daily Republic)


2 shot near Laurel Creek Park

By From page A1 | May 02, 2014

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.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Rich GiddensMay 02, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    Let's have another crime town hall meeting! That will fix the problem---and then we can call for more of the same!

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  • concerned citizenMay 02, 2014 - 4:42 pm

    Sad when playing TBall, you don't worry about your young child getting hit by a bat or ball. Instead, you worry about stray bullets

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