FAIRFIELD — Bud Hathaway was still looking for the bullets inside his Springwood Circle home Tuesday.
He found four bullet holes, two in his dining room window, the others in stucco, after a lengthy standoff at his neighbor’s home Monday afternoon.
Hathaway and his family got back into their home about 10:30 p.m., he said, more than nine hours after the incident began.
Investigators and a crew boarding up the home left about 4 a.m. Tuesday, Hathaway said.
“Every window is broken out,” Hathaway said of his neighbor’s home. “He must have shot from all four sides of the home.”
The suspect, who was found dead in a second floor room, was identified as Joseph Silva, 26, a Fairfield resident. Police believe he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after firing an estimated 50 to 60 shots, hitting at least one home and some cars.
A cleaning crew pulled away from the house shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday. The front door was boarded up with a “no trespassing” message. Three cars sat in the driveway. A pickup on the street blocked about half of the driveway.
The scene was much different from 24 hours earlier when the neighborhood, close to Green Valley Middle School, was shut down.
Police were called to the 4900 block of Springwood Circle about 1:05 p.m. Monday with the initial report of a possible burglary in process. Dispatch was also receiving calls of shots fired in the same area.
As officers neared the home, they heard two more volleys of gunshots, said Sgt. Jeff Osgood of the Fairfield Police Department. A perimeter was established and the waiting began.
Some residents were able to shelter in place. Others were evacuated during the incident. Police used distraction devices to get the attention of anyone inside the home.
Neighbors said a family of four lived in the home. Hathaway said his dealings with them were cordial but that he mostly spoke with the oldest male, who had recently told him he was ill, Hathaway said.
Barking dogs had been a recent issue, Hathaway said. He recalled Fairfield police having been called there a few times in the past few weeks about the noise.
Gary Talbert, who lives several houses away from the scene, spent his Monday afternoon concerned for his 16-year-old sister Carissa Talbert, who was holed up in the family home. The teen scaled the wall of her yard at around 7 p.m. and was met by police and was reunited with her mother and brothers.
The Red Cross opened a relief station at Green Valley Middle School.
Residents had to park on Gold Hill Road and walk to their homes. Traffic was not allowed in. The street corner at Driftwood and Northwood drives was occupied by media and residents of the subdivision.
The Fairfield Police Department got assistance from the California Highway Patrol and the Solano County Sheriff’s Office.
Police are investigating the incident, Osgood said Tuesday afternoon. A call to Fairfield police detectives Tuesday afternoon for an update on the investigation wasn’t returned.
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