FAIRFIELD — One man died after three people were shot in two incidents that occurred about two hours apart Friday afternoon in Fairfield.
The man who died was shot in the second of the day’s shootings, on Grande Circle. That shooting left another victim hospitalized.
Lt. Stephen Crane confirmed the Grande Circle victim’s death late Friday. His age and city of residence was not released.
The afternoon’s violence began when a 23-year-old Fairfield man was shot multiple times around 3:15 p.m. in the parking lot of a small apartment complex near the intersection of East Travis Boulevard and Kidder Avenue. Crane said the man was hospitalized and in fair condition.
Witnesses told police a teenage Hispanic male fired several shots from the sidewalk along East Travis Boulevard before running to nearby Rayburn Court and fleeing in a gray Honda or Acura.
Police at the crime scene said the shooting may be gang-related.
A search of the area that included assistance from a California Highway Patrol helicopter did not turn up the car or suspects.
Shortly after the shooting victim was taken to a nearby hospital, police stopped a car on nearby Sunset Avenue after receiving a report that someone in the car had been brandishing a gun. The driver of the car was arrested and then later released after police discovered the gun was a toy.
By 5 p.m., police had issued an alert for a known gang member from Vacaville who owns a vehicle that matches the description of the car that was seen fleeing the shooting scene.
Less than 30 minutes later, shots were fired on the 1900 block of Grande Circle. When police arrived on the scene, shell casings littered the street and a nearby parking lot and a wounded man with multiple gunshot wounds was lying in the street. He was taken to NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield, where Crane said he was pronounced dead.
Witnesses told police two groups of people were shouting at one another and then members of each group started shooting at each other.
One woman told police she saw a man run from the scene, boasting about having just shot somebody in the face. Other witnesses described two cars fleeing the scene – a gray minivan and a white Dodge Charger.
The crime scene, with as many as 20 shell casings, shattered glass from shot-out car windows and bullet-riddled apartment walls, stretched for 100 yards along Grande Circle and across two parking lots.
The work of collecting evidence and talking to witnesses was interrupted by the return of the gray minivan that pulled up and parked next to the yellow crime scene tape. Three women with three young children were in the car. The man seen leaving in the car who police are keenly interested in finding was not with the women and children. The three women were detained while police arranged for a neighbor of the women to take care of the children.
As police were extending the crime scene to include the area where the minivan was parked, police dispatchers in Vacaville reported that a man with gunshot wounds had arrived at Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center in a Dodge Charger. Crane said that victim was hospitalized and in fair condition.
By 7 p.m., the scattered crowds of gawkers and residents who could not get to their apartments had largely lost interest in the spectacle and disbursed.
Detectives were expected to work late into the night at the Grande Circle shooting scene.
It’s Fairfield’s third homicide of 2014.
Anyone with information about Friday’s shootings is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department Major Crimes Unit at 428-7600 or Crime Stopper at 644-7867. Callers may remain anonymous.
Glen Faison contributed to this report. Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.