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2 hurt, 1 in custody after Fairfield shooting

Clay Bank shooting 2_17_14

Fairfield police respond to the scene of a shooting, on Clay Bank Road near Sanderling Drive, Monday evening. Two victims were found, and taken to a nearby hospital. One suspect was apprehended nearby on Allston Place. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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February 19, 2014 | 14 Comments

FAIRFIELD — Two people were seriously injured and one person was in custody Monday after a shooting in a Fairfield neighborhood, police spokesman Sgt. Matt Bloesch said at the scene.

Authorities received several calls shortly after 5 p.m. of possible gunshots near the intersection of Clay Bank Road and Sanderling Drive. As officers were responding to the area, a traffic collision involving a gunshot victim was reported in the area of Clay Bank Road and Irving Court.

The first officer to arrive found a man with an apparent gunshot wound, on the ground near the crashed vehicle. Officers found a second gunshot victim not far away on Meadowlark Drive.

Both of the victims, whose names were not immediately available, were taken to area trauma centers, Bloesch said. Police later reported that both victims had life-threatening injuries.

Bloesch said Fairfield police caught a man who ran through backyards along Allston Place. It was not immediately known if the man is connected to the shootings, Bloesch said.

The investigation was underway and motives or other details of the shootings were not known, he said.

A man who lives along Meadowlark Drive said he saw a woman in her 30s pull up across the street in a car around 5 p.m.

“All I heard was her screaming,” said Francisco Rodriguez, 52. “That’s when she said, ‘I got shot.’ ”

The woman, who was standing, appeared to have been shot in the arm, he said.

A resident along Aliston Place later said he saw a man who looked to be in his 20s hopping over a fence. He was in a flight mode, the resident said of the man. A second resident, several houses away and on the 2100 block of Allston Place, said police apprehend a man in a hoodie. Officers had their guns drawn and ordered the suspect to freeze, said the resident, who declined to give his name.

He described the scene as intense and said he was impressed with how quickly police responded.

Police closed off access to a portion of Clay Bank Road between Meadowlark and Sanderling drives.

Dave Colomb, 62, who lives on the 1300 block of Clay Bank Road, said the street gets a lot of traffic but nothing like the events Monday.

“We never had anything like this,” he said.

Monday’s incident is the second shooting since the President’s Day weekend began.

Naomy Rojas, 16, of Fairfield, was found dead early Saturday after a reported shooting on the 1400 block of Phoenix Drive. Police said Rojas died of an apparent gunshot would. Her body was found between the south fence of an apartment complex at 1427 Phoenix Drive and the nearby railroad tracks, about three hours after the shooting was reported.

Glen Faison and Robinson Kuntz contributed to this report. Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or rmccarthy@dailyrepublic.net.

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  • JazzAzzFebruary 18, 2014 - 6:36 am

    All gang related, I almost be wiling to bet, and probably even related to the shooting of that girl the other day, found near the tracks. Doesn't take a Colombo or Adrian Monk to see that. A Big Congrats to the FPD for such fast response, outstanding!!!!!!!!Now if I were King, Emperor, Dictator, I would order a rounding up of 100% of all gang members, male or female, in all communities, transporting them into the middle of the Mojave Desert, having set up a large walled, electrified fenced compound, giving them basic weaponry, letting them go at it, "Hunger Games," style, till the last one is standing!!!!!! Those that refuse to participate, get shot and left out there for the vultures.

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  • Blanca BotwinFebruary 18, 2014 - 6:39 am

    I'm not good with street names. I know where Clay Bank is, but I was shocked when I saw this story on the news last night, and saw that this happened along Claybank near E Tabor, and close to the RR tracks. I drive that road 4 times a day, taking my son to school and bringing him home.I look at the houses and yards, while making sure no dogs are in the road(happens more often than you want to think. So within a small area and less than a month, we have madness. We had the young man hit by the train right at the intersection,to the right we have the girl that was murdered this weekend, and less than two days later we have this. I don't know what will change it, but something needs to happen. No point in home prices increasing like they are, if we're closed in to our homes by crime.

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  • deeFebruary 18, 2014 - 8:42 am

    every shooting that happens is not gang related, rounding them all up and shooting all of them, or having them go in to a hunger games session is not going to help get rid of gang violence. a lot of them are misguided, rejected or been through some heavy tragic stuff, and so somehow they got introduced to the gang life, its not a life they desired, its something they got caught up in, we as a city should pray for them, and encourage the ones we see or might be around that there is hope and there is a way out, and they can change. ive seen a lot of drug addicts and gang members change their lives around, it just took someone investing in their lives.

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  • tax payerFebruary 18, 2014 - 9:15 am

    You sound like a bleeding heart liberal!

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  • DebraFebruary 18, 2014 - 10:06 am

    You sound like a nazi!!! Gangs are 90% misguided youth. Due to parents that are to busy, missing or lost themselves. It is on the community and schools to help intervene, not throw our youths and tomorrow's future. It's called basic human care, not being a liberal!!

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  • JazzAzzFebruary 18, 2014 - 10:28 am

    Invest MY ARSE. No one is twisting their arms to take drugs, or get involved with the dark side. They are FREAKIN lucky that I am not in charge!!!!!!!

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  • Rich GiddensFebruary 18, 2014 - 10:28 am

    This violence is more of the bitter fruit harvest of the ''great society'' and California's misguided coddling and endless promotion of both the welfare society along with its counterbalance--the now grossly militarized and equally thuggish police state. This is the end result of government social welfare tyranny where generation after generation are ''raised'' by a growing mestastisizing cancer of a government, taking all and giving all according to its own self serving tyrannical whims. It must be stopped and dismantled---both sides of the unholy equation need to go before its too late. Children need loving responsible parents that provide materially, spiritually and intellectually. Your welfare society and police state simply can't provide what is needed for children. Kids are the future, and right now they don't have a future---only endless tyrannical government welfare / police state enslavement.

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  • Boxered inFebruary 18, 2014 - 8:57 pm

    Yea whatever, just a lot of Obama supporters kick'n it up over there

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  • Tired of ignorant peopleFebruary 21, 2014 - 6:56 am

    What does Obama Supporters have to do with this problem? Please explain?

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  • Ms. TFebruary 18, 2014 - 9:05 pm

    You get right to work on providing those "loving responsible parents that provide materially, spiritually and intellectually." How will you make that happen, by mandate? Oh, wait...that's a "police state" thing to do. What will you do with the parents who don't meet that criteria? What are you going to do with all the children of the parents who don't meet the criteria? How about a one child policy? That should do the trick! Your comments are ludicrous and irrelevant to the real problem in the United States: poverty.

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  • concerned citizenFebruary 18, 2014 - 11:06 pm

    I think what he means is that people need to choose to become parents when the feel they can provide stability, love and support to the child. Birth control is widely available at Planned Parenthood for free and elsewhere. We have to stop the epidemic of people recklessly having children with no ability or clue how to raise them. It's called encouraging personal responsibility and and it is the opposite of relying on the government to provide everything. We are on a dangerous course in society, for sure.

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  • Tax PayerFebruary 19, 2014 - 6:42 am

    Bottom line is that they have them so that they will get more money from the government. It is a generational thing!

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  • Snuggle bunnyFebruary 18, 2014 - 5:06 pm

    Am sad and worried, I have grand children living right close in that area and would hate to have anything stupid like this happen to them because of idiots!?!!! I hope those injured are doing well I'll pesky for them and everyone else involved.

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  • tyFebruary 19, 2014 - 8:25 am

    well we need more cops in fairfield and thats the thing that vacaville is doing is having more cops, please the hell with how to pay for more cops because we lose people lives how can you pay that, hire more cops put more cops on the streets and i bet you this will solve this violent problems and do a gang sweep and get rid of them, i have lived in fairfield for over 30 yrs i can see how this use to be a nice little town GOING DOWN THE TUBES...

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