Shooting Grande Circle Fairfield 4_11_14

Fairfield police investigate a shooting on the 1900 block of Grande Circle, in Fairfield Friday. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)


1 dead after 2 shootings in 2 hours in Fairfield

By From page A1 | April 12, 2014

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.

  • Terrell Brumfield, 21, of Fairfield, was shot several times at approximately 8 p.m. Jan. 3 while he was in the common green area behind the El Verano Court section at the Parkway Gardens condominium complex. He died at the scene. No arrests have been made in connection with Brumfield’s death. Police said they believe several people witnessed that fatal shooting as well, but none have not come forward.
  • Naomy Rojas, 16, was shot and killed early Feb. 15 between the south fence of an apartment complex on the 1400 block of Phoenix Drive and the nearby railroad tracks. Four men were arrested in connection with her death. All have pleaded not guilty. They are in jail awaiting criminal court proceedings. Police have said they do not believe that Rojas was the intended target of the shooting.

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 [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • SallyinthealleyApril 11, 2014 - 8:34 pm

    Just how many shootings have to happen? What happened Fairfield? Used too be a decent place to live. I left L.A. Because of the crime.

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  • elleryApril 11, 2014 - 11:11 pm

    This victim has loved ones, lets not forget that, and lets call a truce on this Richmond , Oakland, Compton comparisons , its getting old. Moving forward, police cameras are located all over grande circle, and im sure on e.travis also. Our police department who are earning their money now will get this solved.

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  • TylerApril 12, 2014 - 6:59 am

    WHY call a truce on a very valid comparison? And where are those "loved ones?" Where were they when their young thug in training was terrorizing my neighborhood? A lot of local young gang members have parents in the same gang. That's your version of "love?"

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  • GemmaApril 12, 2014 - 8:39 am

    Ellery, you poor thing, you must not get out much. It's NOT a comparison to Oakland, Richmond, etc when the people doing these crimes CAME from Oakland, Richmond, etc. All these losers with the hoodies and guns, that hang out at Parkway, Grande, and the other unsavory areas, either moved here from Richmond and Oakland, or their parents are from those places, they still frequent those places,they still have friends in those places, and they still claim those places!

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  • Mr. SmithApril 12, 2014 - 9:17 am

    So, Ellery--Let's see if I understand your point. You think things are going to be alright in Fairfield, and we shouldn't continue to make hurtful comparisons between Fairfield and those other fine cities, because these gang-banging a$$hats have loved ones? Hmmmmm......

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  • Dr RussApril 12, 2014 - 11:05 am

    Ellery, your apologist attitude is the reason this behavior perpetuates. Let's not call attention to the root cause of this violence, heaven forbid. I prefer to call a spade a spade. You, on the other hand, can continue to bury your head deeper in the sand.

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  • Bill GriffinApril 12, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    Your 'victim' is only dead because the other guy was faster with his gun. Don't expect me to have sympathy for a thug.

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  • gabriell n joshuaApril 11, 2014 - 8:58 pm

    What happend to fairfield. I dont understand why all these shootings. One was close enough to me and my family. My family and i are scared. How much closer can they get...

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  • Mr. SmithApril 11, 2014 - 9:16 pm

    As someone who came here in 1956 and has lived here continuously since 1965, this is beyond comprehension. How does a decent community sink to such depths? It is not just the gang bangers and assorted violent criminals that seem to be operating with way too much freedom, it is also the vagrants and assorted "homeless" bums that foul our air and our public facilities with their unwelcome presence. Where is Charles Bronson when we need him? Where is the public outrage? When will this get better? Will this get better, or are we doomed to perpetual chaos on our streets like Oakland, Richmond and Vallejo? Are city council members and police administrators as concerned as I am? If so, what is being done to change things?

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  • CD BrooksApril 12, 2014 - 7:31 am

    Mr. Smith, so the kid walks onto the candy store and wanders around a bit. As he’s looking at all the tasty treats he realizes he has no money. But then he notices the store owner busily working on his computer and paying no attention to what’s going on around him. The kid begins filling his pockets with so much candy he can hardly walk and heads out the door. “Wow” he begins thinking “that was easy think I’ll just keep going back for more.”

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  • TylerApril 12, 2014 - 9:33 am

    Please. A lot of us were kids in stores with no money once but that did NOT mean stuffing our pockets with candy when the clerk was busy. And as an excuse to become a gun-toting scum, this idea that a childhood experience with a distracted clerk is the reason? HUH??? I can't think of a lamer excuse.

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  • CD BrooksApril 12, 2014 - 9:42 am

    Tyler, you obviously missed the point.

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  • DJApril 12, 2014 - 9:49 am

    Yeah CD, that one went right over his head. I got it. And totally agree. Its looking to be a long violent summer in the "flats" as the animals walking around like humans call it...

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  • TylerApril 12, 2014 - 11:55 am

    Then do please explain your metaphor. If you're going to use poverty as the excuse, keep trying. If anything, I think extremely misguided efforts to cure poverty by tossing money and programs at it are contributing to the problem. Continuing to pay lousy parents without making behavior changes on their part mandatory, and to ban societal expressions of repugnance at the various groups and their asinine "leaders" simply add fuel to the fire. I can't think of any other social species on the planet that protects its antisocial members. It's the equivalent of feeding the cancer that is eating out your innards. (Now you can misunderstand my metaphor.)

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  • CD BrooksApril 12, 2014 - 5:24 pm

    Tyler, clearly you are over thinking my comment. Very simply there is nobody minding the store, no enforcement so just keep doing as you please!

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  • Mr. JonesApril 12, 2014 - 9:55 am

    CD, you are describing the old "Leave it to Beaver" days...Now the new " Beave" walks into the candy store, puts a gun to the store owners head, demands his money, fills him pockets full of candy as he runs out the door popping of some rounds. Meanwhile at home the new "Mr. Cleaver" is in prison & "Mrs. Cleaver" is getting "lit" with her girlfriends while collecting welfare for her "Good little boy" the “Beave”…That’s the problem…

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  • CD BrooksApril 12, 2014 - 10:07 am

    HA! HA! Mr. Jones! You just trashed a classic. How will we ever be the same? :)

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  • June CleaverApril 12, 2014 - 12:54 pm

    Yes Ward, I mean Mr. Jones you are being to hard on the Beaver.

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  • Mr. JonesApril 12, 2014 - 2:59 pm

    Don't even get me started on "Dennis the Menace" (Or as he is now known as "Dennis the Menace to Society") CD... :)

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  • Rich GiddensApril 11, 2014 - 11:02 pm

    Watch----the cops and the politicians will tell you California dummies that they now need even more money for their welfare and police state ''programs'''---and come election time, you guys will vote for tax increases!---This as your disloyal Governor releases more of ''them'' into your blighted neighborhoods. You guys also like illegal aliens and open borders too! And as it gets worse, you refuse to change anything.

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  • Tax PayerApril 12, 2014 - 4:51 am

    There is a war out there in the streets. I am glad no innocent persons were shot.

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  • CD BrooksApril 12, 2014 - 7:13 am

    Wow thought for an instant I got the wrong paper this morning. Nope. Sadly it is the DR reporting more terrorist activity in our city.

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  • John AndersonApril 12, 2014 - 8:12 am

    Gentrification is underway in Oakland and is displacing many who are being pushed out to Fairfield, Vallejo, Pittsburg, Antioch. All are now great venues for new episodes of "The Shield".

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  • DJApril 12, 2014 - 9:42 am

    That is exactly would is happening. Well it started a number of years ago. Fairfield is simply cheaper to live. So they are bringing there war with them.

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  • TamiApril 12, 2014 - 11:56 am

    Only you John Anderson! But seriously, the Parents in Oakland, Richmond, etc. (or should I say Single Moms) moved here in an effort to save their troubled children from being worsened or killed themselves. When all that did was turn our mildly corrupt city completely upside down. Turning our broken home children into gun toten Thugs! Our biggest problem here is lack of Men in the homes of these young boys to discipline and or be a positive role model! Not to mention the fact that while the Matt Garcia Center is a wonderful outlet for our youth, it can't be the only outlet? The city has removed every possible activity for youth to do with their time, so they do nothing but hang out! No skating rink, no Bowling Alley, nothing fun here at all! Oh, but lets build a water park that is too expensive for underpriviledged children and their Parents! Also, as Parents we need to show our kids love and also positive discipline (aka "Beat Down") like back in the day, kids didn't act a fool like they do now, because they got their behind whooped the good old fashioned way! Now you get in trouble for it? But, I refuse to let anyone tell me I can't discipline my child, because "No one" has to deal with the reprocussions of the kids actions when they act up? We do! Regardless, the only way it will change is if we all do our part together as a Community, Parent & Lawmaker, etc.

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  • Reality CheckApril 12, 2014 - 8:00 pm

    So Tami, where are these Baby Daddys? So who’s to blame for this lack of role models? The community? Society as a whole? Really? Maybe the real problem is that some should have kept their legs crossed if they could not better society. Don't just point the fingers at these looser "Baby Daddy"....

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  • JazzAzzApril 12, 2014 - 8:19 am

    "Police at the crime scene said the shooting may be gang-related.">>>Wow what a statement, Do you really think this could be the case???!!! I stand by a way along statement, if I WERE IN CHARGE, all, and I mean ALL, white, Black, Hispanic, Asian, WHATEVER gang members, would be rounded up, by force if necessary, and or be ordered to report to a central location. They would all be transported to a large enough electrically fenced in, central, desert (Calif or Nevada) location, given basic weaponry, and will be told to participate in a, "Hunger Games," type survivor contest, until the VERY LAST ONE IS LEFT STANDING. Let the I_D_I_O_T_S_ kill each other out there away from the rest of civilized society. And the heck with their," LOVED ONES," since many of THEM have grown up and participated in that gang environment, mentality. Here's a solution FPD, ask for help, turning it over to the FEDS to clean up, Elliot Ness, style. That way the rest of y'all can kick back in your favorite DONUT SHOP.

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  • Susan BApril 12, 2014 - 8:38 am

    it would be GREAT if the DR editor could actually READ and edit stories before they are posted.

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  • justsomeguyApril 12, 2014 - 9:11 am

    So sad that Fairfield is being taken over by violence and scum, these people aren't gangsters they are trash. punishments don't fit the crimes so they continually get away with this crap.the old eye for an eye thought of punishment,hat would change it up a bit. hunger games scenario would be great to,if there is no consequence to be concerned about then why act differently. its become q badge of honor for these types of people to get arrested and go to prison,its bragging rights, they don't understand or even get life, sad....I'm applying for my ccl,

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  • boomApril 12, 2014 - 9:34 am

    I was standing in a backyard on East Tabor when I heard about ten to twelve shots, a pause, then about ten to twelve more. You could tell it wasn't fire crackers because of the cadence of the shots. I've lived in this neighborhood over 30 years and unfortunately, this is the fourth time I have heard gunfire that ultimately led to someone losing their life. Having a clear view of the area where it occurred , I would have to say that the police made a few tactical errors. The white charger in question was let through a police barricade near the corner store there, then allowed to leave and now they are seeking it. They also were letting a lot of people who fit the description on the police scanner coming from the area of the shooting leave on foot and not be searched. We need the SCAT program back for the summer before this gets too far outta hand.

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  • OutspokenApril 12, 2014 - 9:59 am

    It's funny how you can say They came from Richmond, Oakland or Wherever that doesn't matter. What matters is young people are dying in a city that was known for a better life for some. It's not just the kids from the GHETTO I know I'm one of them but it's actually the kids that were born & raised here! There misguided ways are being out played in these fairfield streets!! Adopt a Youth! Make a change!

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  • wake upApril 12, 2014 - 9:59 am

    This will not be politically correct to liberals. The root problem is tragic,global,and an epidemic in society: gangs and the breakdown of values. Solano county can't solve this with one measure. Some ideas....start a zero tolerance of gangs, I mean zero!!!! , stop urban sprawl of low income housing-punk gangs generally don't live where they can't afford-FF has promoted this urban sprawl. Stop the tolerance for crime!!!!!, this needs to start with our leaders; with Obama and Holger. ... stop the race card and class warfare as an excuse for breaking the law. last ...we need equal educational opportunities for all; free education.

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  • Dr RussApril 12, 2014 - 11:20 am

    "stop urban sprawl of low income housing"-wake up There's your problem right there. These huge apartment complexes we have dotted across the city are havens for criminals. Anyone who has lived near one knows what I'm talking about. People that don't own property have no vested interest in their community. Or as the Traitor in Chief puts it, "You got to have skin in the game". Perhaps we should outlaw these dwellings in FF. Or, hold the property owners liable for their tenants through some civil action.

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  • TylerApril 12, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    And building high density Traintown will add to the issue. Initially, it will be sold to people thinking they're escaping their own increasingly dangerous neighborhoods. Those evacuated neighborhoods, in turn, will become more section 8-riddled war zones. Then comes another bust cycle and one guess what happens when Traintown's townhouses are foreclosed on? Some bogus family trust based in Burlingame or LA buys the units for a song and rents to anyone with a voucher, making sure to stay miles and miles away from it all.

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  • TamiApril 12, 2014 - 12:17 pm

    Really Dr Russ? Not everyone can live in an overpriced dwelling in Suburbia? I am a hard working Single-Mother and I have no choice but to live in a low-income apt. But I am not a criminal and have no record! So that was a ridiculously stereo typical comment? Obviously you have never had to worry about money, and probably drive a fancy expensive car too? And wasn't eeffected by the Economy crash! So Maybe you should help out some of the upstanding "low income" people receive better pay at our jobs so we can live like you do?

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  • Dr RussApril 12, 2014 - 1:06 pm

    First off Tami, I've "earned" everything I have in this life. No one handed me anything. I grew up poor and I've lived in numerous apartment complexes throughout my lifetime. Agreed, not everyone that lives in an apartment complex is a criminal, but the phrase "a few bad apples spoil the bunch" is apropro here. Typical of these times for someone to look to others for a solution to their problems instead of finding the fortitude to better their lot. Sorry your life is so miserable. Must be my fault.

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  • Whats This AboutApril 12, 2014 - 10:49 am

    This is now the Fairifeld that you live in. The old Fairifeld began to gradually change in the late 80's and early 90's. This is what you have to live with and it will never return to how it was it is only going to get worse. You have a community of people who have no respect, care, concern, or an ounce of compassion for anything including themselves. There is a generation line that have established themselves here. I was born and raised in Fairfield and left to raise my family in a town that had not been affected yet. Sadly it is now visible within my town in the last couple of years.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 12, 2014 - 1:54 pm

    What have your leaders done to help gentrify neighborhoods? Or have they tried to ghettoize them? YouTube = Sewer Soon City

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  • Bill GriffinApril 12, 2014 - 3:04 pm

    I read through a large number of the comments and I noticed a common theme to most of them: the courts are too lenient and the police are hamstrung and ineffective. Why then, does California continue to vote Democrat, the very people setting the policies enabling these gangsters to run rampant?

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  • TylerApril 12, 2014 - 4:45 pm

    Because Dems give out the most free stuff. But you already know that.

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  • wae upApril 12, 2014 - 9:35 pm

    Tyler . Couldn't agree more. Stop voting democrats.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 12, 2014 - 7:46 pm

    That's because of the growing welfare and illegal alien underclass----A lot of them don't vote but most of their government overseers do! Keep ''dem'' plantation slaves in line and make sure the ones that do vote always pull dem ''massa'' levers on election day.

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  • TRUTHHURTSApril 13, 2014 - 12:09 am


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  • GemmaApril 14, 2014 - 5:23 pm

    TRUTHHURTS-The only thing that hurts is my head, from reading your run on sentence full of spelling errors. If I meant Black people, when I said people from Richmond and Oakland, I would have said Black people. So are you saying that only Black people live in Oakland and Richmond, because I know that is not true. Why are YOU trying to make this a race issue, when it isn't one? The people in the shooting an hr earlier, in the "possible gang related incident" weren't Black. These crimes aren't being committed because people are black. They're being committed because the people know there are no consequences to their actions.

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  • ...August 27, 2014 - 6:27 pm

    Thank you Gemma. We tend to be on the same page I think.

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  • nekaAugust 28, 2014 - 2:28 pm

    Its the 4th homicide

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