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Shooting in high-crime Fairfield neighborhood leaves 2 dead

Members of the Fairfield Police Department investigate a double-homicide at the Parkway Gardens apartment complex, Wednesday afternoon. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

Members of the Fairfield Police Department investigate a double-homicide at the Parkway Gardens apartment complex, Wednesday afternoon. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

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FAIRFIELD (10:55 p.m.) — Two men were shot and killed Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of the Parkway Gardens town homes off of Dover Avenue.

Police got several 911 calls starting at 4:48 p.m. reporting that several gunshots had been heard at the town homes that have a longstanding reputation of being a high-crime area.

The first officers arriving at the scene discovered two men lying on the asphalt of El Toro Court. They were both shot multiple times and were both dead.

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Within several minutes, more than 40 residents and gawkers had been drawn to the site of the shooting as dozens of Fairfield police rushed to the crime scene.

Witnesses said the shooting was followed by the gunman stealing the wallets of the two victims. Police would not confirm that description. Another person reported the shooting came during a marijuana buy.

Police, saying their investigation into the shooting was just beginning, declined to comment on a possible motive for the violence other than to say there was no evidence that the shootings were related to gang activity. Police also declined to name the victims, who they described as an 18-year-old man from Fairfield and a 24-year-old East Palo Alto man. Police said the victims were part of a group of people who were “hanging out” in the parking lot.

Witnesses at the scene identified the shooting victims as 24-year-old Vedell J. Chew and 18-year-old Bernard Knight. Chew had recently been staying at a town home, according to one witness.

Knight’s mother arrived from East Palo Alto shortly after 7 p.m. A short time later, police towed a red Toyota Camry that was parked in the parking lot.

“The two victims were in the vehicle prior to the shooting,” police spokesman Officer Cleo Mayoral said, adding that the car would be processed for possible evidence.

Witnesses told police a young black male adult was seen running from the shooting scene. The man was further described as approximately 6 feet tall, with a thin athletic build and long dreadlocks. The man was carrying a black handgun.

The suspect is “associated” with gold Mercedes-Benz that was seen in the area, but Mayoral could not elaborate on the connection of the Mercedes to the man. Police are also investigating a black Mercedes-Benz 500 with shiny rims that was seen in the area near the time of the shooting.

“I know the vehicle and suspect information are pretty vague, but that’s what we have at this time,” Mayoral said.

Family members of Knight and Chew arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting. Fairfield police chief Walt Tibbet had a brief, private meeting with the one of the victim’s grandmother and other family members who live in the complex.

“We’ve got some leads and we will be working this all night long,” Mayoral said.

These are the third and fourth homicides this year in Fairfield.

Jesus Amaya, 20, of Fairfield, was shot late Feb. 1 on the 1000 block of Hayes Street in what police have said was likely a gang-related shooting. Police arrived to the scene to find him unconscious in the front yard of a home there. He was taken to NorthBay Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Amaya’s killing came less than a month after the Jan. 7 shooting death of Quincy Quinney, 26, of Suisun City. The late-night shooting occurred at an apartment complex at 2000 Clay Bank Road.

Both killings remain under investigation.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or at jsullivan@dailyrepublic.net.

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FAIRFIELD (8:40 p.m.) — Police say two men are dead after a shooting in a Fairfield neighborhood that’s known for its drug activity.

Police spokesman Officer Cleo Mayoral says dispatchers started getting calls at 4:48 p.m. Wednesday about shots fired near a condominium complex.

Mayoral says when officers arrived they found a 24-year-old Fairfield man and an 18-year-old East Palo Alto man suffering from gunshot wounds.

Both men died at the scene. Their names have not been released.

Police haven’t determined what sparked the shooting, but Mayoral says there was what he described as a “conflict” between several people before the men were shot.

No arrests have been made, but police are looking for a gold Mercedes-Benz that witnesses reported seeing leaving the area.

This update was provided by The Associated Press.

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FAIRFIELD (5:50 p.m.) — Two men are dead after a shooting Wednesday in a Fairfield neighborhood.

Witnesses in the area of El Toro Court reported that both victims of the late-afternoon shooting are dead. Photos from the scene show what appears to be two bodies covered with yellow sheets used by police to cover bodies at crime scenes. Authorities at the scene confirmed the deaths a short time later.

The shootings were reported shortly before 5 p.m.

These are the third and fourth homicides this year in Fairfield.

Jesus Amaya, 20, of Fairfield, was shot late Feb. 1 on the 1000 block of Hayes Street. Police arrived to the scene to find him unconscious in the front yard of a home there. He was taken to NorthBay Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Amaya’s killing came less than a month after the Jan. 7 shooting death of Quincy Quinney, 26, of Suisun City. That shooting occurred at an apartment complex at 2000 Clay Bank Road.

Both killing remain under investigation.

Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or gfaison@dailyrepublic.net.

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FAIRFIELD (5:25 p.m.) — One man is dead at a shooting scene in the area of El Toro Court in Fairfield that left two people injured.

Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or gfaison@dailyrepublic.net.

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FAIRFIELD — Police are investigating a shooting in the area of El Toro Court in Fairfield that left two people with serious injuries.

The shooting was reported shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or gfaison@dailyrepublic.net.

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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  • hmmMarch 07, 2012 - 5:17 pm

    one is dead according to the neighbors.

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  • Fairfield Police statistics?March 07, 2012 - 7:01 pm

    Is this double homicide going to be included in NEXT year's statistics? I really doubt it..... We just had the Fairfield PD literally lie to our faces and tell us that crime was down over double digits last year....Our City has just as many Heinous crimes as Vallejo and Richmond....but Fairfield Police salaries are some of the highest in the State. Bodies are piling up like cord wood and all we get is FALSE crime statistics from Fairfield's Chief of Police...Please quit spending our tax dollars on these falsehoods and wasteful interviews with Councilmember Mraz.... City residents know what's happening in our neighborhoods....Fairfield PD is nothing more than a report writing agency! Our City had REAL lower crime rates under Chief Rainey!

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  • concerned citizenMarch 07, 2012 - 8:23 pm

    I think this police department is a joke. The police are too worried about messing with kids on bicycles for not wearing helmets but yet cannot solve any of the crimes out here. This city is getting worse by the day but these over paid police officers are too wrried about all the other BS in the city. They need to start earning there pay checks, not have 5 cop cars at a traffic stop. Obviously they are bored out here to be able to respond with 5 units over a simple traffic infraction.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 08, 2012 - 8:35 am

    You are way off base here. FPD doesn't have a real traffic division anymore, so if they are at a stop, there is something more serious than a traffic violation. Bicycle laws are among the least enforced and if a kid isn't wearing a helmet, they should be cited and the parents as well. If the reports are true and this shooting was over a marijuana buy, it strengthens the case for legalization. Change the law regarding marijuana, save billions of dollars from the war on drugs and save lives as well. This is truly pathetic. Gangs should be reclassified as terrorists so they can be done away with. PD in every city knows who they are and if they are caught in any illegal activity, the FBI should take them away for good and permanently eliminate them from further threats to the community. It simply is not right for these people to be walking around ready to kill someone for any reason they deem acceptable while good honest citizens are trying to live a decent life according to the rules and laws established.

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  • ed allenMarch 08, 2012 - 12:44 pm

    Couldn't agree with you more!! Even the conservative evangelical man Pat Robertson thinks marijuana should be legal and if you check the National Domestic Authorization Act(NDAA) which Obama signed while on vacation in Hawaii and his Attorney General Eric Holder backs up, it could apply to gang members being terrorists especially if the likes of Al-Qaeda try to recruit them, they would be felons. If you want to live in a free and "safe" society, such tougher criminal laws in California's individual cities and towns need to be passed, least you want the feds to take over which seems to be the case of Uncle Sam's internal low profile investigations along with the law enforcement in the Bay Area.

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  • CD...time to wake up!March 09, 2012 - 6:24 pm

    How does legalizing marijuana prevent this crime! Someone either didn't get their dope or someone didn't get their money...then this became a shooting over that dispute. Legalizing marijuana wouldn't have stopped someone from getting shot.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 09, 2012 - 8:21 pm

    That is ridiculous! If marijuana is legal, this crime and a whole bunch of other ones don't happen period.

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  • CluelessMarch 10, 2012 - 2:48 pm

    I disagree. I don't think this was about someone not getting their dope or money. The people that sell dope all know who sells dope, then they try to rob those people of their dope and dope money.Not the first shooting of it's kind, and won't be the last.

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  • CD...time to wake up!March 09, 2012 - 8:30 pm

    Ok...let's make marijuana legal. Explain how this drug transaction DOESN"T become a shooting?

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  • CD BrooksMarch 09, 2012 - 8:39 pm

    I have made this argument for years. In my opinion, if marijuna is legal, there would be no need to have a transaction of that sort because they could have gone to any number of establishments and purchased it legally. Marijuna should be sold, taxed and regulated like alcohol.

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  • know the factsMarch 07, 2012 - 7:16 pm

    @FPS You have the wrong info on police salaries, you are incorrect on your statistics, and your venom for the current Chief is obvious. Chief Rainey is doing well at BART, and it is time to stop with the rethoric.

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  • Fairfield Police statistics?March 07, 2012 - 7:42 pm

    Will Fairfield PD SOLVE any of these Homicides in our City this year?

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  • FairfielderMarch 07, 2012 - 11:33 pm

    Will any of the witnesses of these homicides speak up to help the police and give them the information they need to solve these cases?

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  • ed allenMarch 08, 2012 - 11:12 am

    No, some are afraid, don't trust, or refuse to speak to police like what happens after shootings in Oakland or Richmond.

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  • CluelessMarch 10, 2012 - 2:51 pm

    They should be afraid to talk to the police. Once they talk, the police MAKE them testify in court, in front of the perps,the victims, their friends and family.Who is going to look out for the witnesses? Nobody.If someone does speak up, because they aren't aware that they will be forced to testify,and then they don't want to testify, FFPD subpoenas them and threatens them with jailtime and CPS taking their children if they don't cooperate.Witnesses get treated worse than the criminals.

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  • ed allenMarch 08, 2012 - 10:28 am

    NO. There are not ENOUGH resources to do the job. Just ask Vallejo and how they dealt with their police force cut in half. The murders occurred in the same place/area where earlier, middle of last month, a guy holed himself up in a apartment attic while the FF police, CHP, and Solano Cty sherriff authorities got this guy to give up. A lot of patrol units there. The person who committed the murders is obviously brazen as well as armed and dangerous for taking 2 lives. I don't live to far from this area and in a case like this with a gun involved,1 or more will be killed. I had a lone neighbor across from me who for personal reasons went to Richmond with his gun. He was killed.

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  • Larry MMarch 07, 2012 - 7:58 pm

    I am moving to Oakland where it is safer.

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  • ed allenMarch 08, 2012 - 10:35 am

    Only if the National Guard is there and citywide martial law is declared as suggested by a liberterian talk show host. Oakland gets negative national press coverage especially after the Occupy protests. I wonder if the NDAA(National Domestic Authorization Act) will apply to police understaffed, crime-ridden cities like ours(FF). You never know.

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  • Wild WeaselMarch 07, 2012 - 8:08 pm

    With budget cuts coming, things are not looking up for California's cities.

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  • SteveMarch 07, 2012 - 8:22 pm

    Bottom line is this. With realignment putting more thugs on the street and budget cuts impacting public safety all over the state, crime's gonna get worse. It's already happening. Give the Chief and the cops a break. They serve our city well. Blame? Where to start? Broken homes. Poor schools. Overcrowded prisons. A declining society? All I know is keep the doors locked and eyes on the lookout.

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  • ed allenMarch 08, 2012 - 10:37 am

    Been doing the latter for a long time.

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  • EMSGIRLMarch 09, 2012 - 12:40 am

    Steve, I could not agree with you more! People blame law enforecement all too often. It's not the Police Dept.'s fault that people chose to live as criminals. Police officers are paid to enforce the law, and when they do they are hammared for it by (some) public. Trust me, our officers want these criminals, murders in jail, and they do what they can to find and arrest them. It's the courts system that releases them or give them light sentences. And, why complain if you witness an officer citing a child for not wearing a helmet or an adult for running a red light?! I'm sure the person who makes that an argument wouldn't be complaing about it if an officer pulled over and ticketed the person who hit them broadside from running a red light! How 'bout when someone rear-ends you in traffic you dismiss the responding officer -- tell the officer not to hassle the person who hit you?? I highly doubt you'd do that!! You just feel compelled to complain! Ridiculous! People need to stop bashing the police! Let them do their job and quit your snibbling!!

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  • DanielleMarch 07, 2012 - 8:37 pm

    Well said Steve!!

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  • Shawntell ChaviesMarch 07, 2012 - 9:11 pm

    All these comments are about what the police department do and dont do...yall are still sleeping on the fact that two people are no longer living today and this happen around younger children who live and play in the court this is real sicking and real dangerous.....now is not the time to worry about what the police is not doing.....it time to worry about what your kids are doing time to protect are kids and there future...focus on your children people beaware and lock your doors

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  • CluelessMarch 10, 2012 - 2:46 pm

    Whoa, time for you to go back to school and learn to spell.

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  • Dr DreadMarch 07, 2012 - 9:40 pm

    East Palo Alto, go figure. I'm waiting for the release of the the names of the "Dearly Departed" to see how many hits they have on "Solano Court Connect".

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  • Get a lifeMarch 08, 2012 - 11:13 am

    @Dr Dread. your comment is ignorant. Your stereotyping "East Palo Alto, go figure" is for closed minded. Clearly many cities in California have criminal rates increasing. East Palo Alto is a city that although it still has a few issues here and there it is progressivly getting better. I would double think prior to writing ridiculous comments like these. Thank you.

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  • Dr DreadMarch 08, 2012 - 6:13 pm

    Well "Get a life", you got one thing right. "East Palo Alto's" crime rate is dropping, that's cuz all the thugs are coming here. But it's not just East Palo Alto that they are coming from. It's Richmond, Oakland, Vallejo, Etc. That's the problem. Not hard to figure out. Even you could do it. That's why we are losing what used to be a nice little town. And I've got a life. Unlike the two under the tarps. Makes you think.

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  • Rita McCJanuary 05, 2014 - 11:31 am

    You are actually correct on this one. You can track the movement in the school district applications. In one year, the majority of non military students moving into FF were from Vallejo, San Francisco, Oregon, and Richmond. The schools may be ranked better and their families may feel safer, but the problems in the schools and surrounding territories are increasing with gang movement. There are also changes in youth incarceration where gang members are being moved around the state and their families follow. This affects the Sacramento Area and trickles into Solano. So, Fairfield is getting it from both sides, Sac and the Bay. The Fairfield Police Department is in denial if they do not treat this like a Perfect Storm.

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  • CluelessMarch 10, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    If Palo Alto is really getting better, it's probably because it's criminals have moved down hereand to Vallejo to shoot up people and complexes.

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  • FairfielderMarch 07, 2012 - 10:26 pm

    When are the landlords of the properties in Parkway Gardens going to start clearing out the riff raff? It's obvious that Parkway Gardens is a haven for criminal activity. I would like to make a public plea to the landlords to get rid of the the thugs already. You know who they are! If you don't know who they are you are not paying attention. I don't care if the moms and dads of these boys/men who are involved in this thuggery are nice folks, if their children are involved in criminal activities that threaten the safety of the rest of the residents of Parkway Gardens they should all be booted out NOW!

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  • antonio cruzMarch 07, 2012 - 11:10 pm

    I think all you critical Monday night quarterbacks, sitting behind you keyboard judging the FFPD need to get off your butt, join a police Academy successfully pass it and then join a PD and see if you can do better! Truth is told you probably can’t make it through an academy so let the PD do their job and support them after all you do sleep under the blanket of protection that each and every cop in America and each and every member of our armed service provide for us!

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  • FairfielderMarch 07, 2012 - 11:30 pm

    I'll agree with you that the police are not the problem here, Antonio. Is it the job of the police to rid the city of these thugs? No. The police do not make the rules, they just enforce them. The police cannot predict when bad stuff is going to happen and unfortunately, the police cannot make witnesses talk about what they know about crimes. How many of these homicide cases would be solved if the witnesses would only just open their mouths and tell what they know. Some call it snitching to talk about what they know, but I call it being a good citizen and doing what is morally right. Fairfield is attracting a bad element and will continue to do so until the citizens have had enough and put a stop to it. We Fairfielders need to take OUR city back. This means people (friends/families/victims/old/young/white/black/yellow/brown) need to speak up when crimes occur. Things will never get better around here if people continue to blame the police and everyone else for the rise in crime instead of doing whatever they can to flush out the criminal element.

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  • EMSGIRLMarch 09, 2012 - 12:52 am

    Antonio, you said it perfectly!! And I mean, perfectly!!

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  • LosMarch 08, 2012 - 12:06 am

    it's a shame. senseless loss of life

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  • renda dawsonMarch 08, 2012 - 1:43 am

    Make no sense

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  • MrUnknownMarch 08, 2012 - 3:29 am

    FFPD is known for racist acts...Living in the area for a long time and being a high profile parole officer Ive heard many stories of police brutality in Fairfield,Aswell as excessive aggression on detainees.When young black men are slain in Fairfield its put front and center on the Daily Republic..The pictures are often pretty graphic...Yet when a councilman beats his wife and hangs himself after realizing how much of a tool he was , his death is addresed from a professional stand point...Conclusion...Fairfield is getting worse, Cameras are on alot of street corners and murders arent being solved...FF SWAT would rather chase innocent people who use medical marijuana, arrest them, and once in the interigation room try to get them to sell dope for a deal on a court case...

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  • Former EmployeeMarch 08, 2012 - 5:54 am

    Amen MrUnknown!! Used to work for the COF and that place IS a joke! The comment made earlier about the salaries is somewhat true however it's the retirement plan that is the best in the State. COF does seem to have a very unique way of viewing African Americans and addressing issues facing minorities.

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  • Concerned as wellMarch 08, 2012 - 7:30 am

    As long as people stay mum on what they see and hear, our communities will continue to suffer. The only one to blame here is the triggerman, it's a shame and very ignorant if you need to look past that any further.

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  • Concerned as wellMarch 08, 2012 - 7:34 am

    Why are my comments being flagged??? This is the 2nd time this has happened to me ... I'm not saying anything inappropriate. So not cool.

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  • Glen FaisonMarch 08, 2012 - 10:26 am

    @Concerned as well: Your comments were flagged for moderation for use of the word "ignorant," which is a common word used when calling someone a name (a violation of our terms of use). Depending on how the word is used, sometimes it's acceptable, sometimes it's not. The goal is to keep the discourse as civil as possible. In this case, I approved the comment to the site.

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  • TomMarch 08, 2012 - 8:57 am

    Hey FF64 you're awful quiet! You and I both know that the elite leadership three will have a meeting, reclassify these crime victims as "unexplained deaths" and scew the true crime rate. Guess they forgot to tell the DR not to use the phrase "high crime" when talking about any Fairfield neighborhood.

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  • tcc43March 08, 2012 - 5:23 pm

    Lately, almost any neighborhood in Fearfield could be labeled a "high crime " area. The criminal element has taken over, and things will continue to go downhill. Kids in many of our elementary schools are now barely civilized, due to their lack of parental guidance and the role models they have while at home in the "hood." It is not safe to drive on our streets, or patronize public places like the mall after sundown. Surely, this is a disgrace! When will our city leaders finally admit the truth and start solving the problem? It starts with an honest admission of the truth--the rats are winning the rat race. Mayor Price, Mr. Mraz, Ms. Moy, et al--what say you?

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  • EMSGIRLMarch 09, 2012 - 1:00 am

    Tcc43: I second that! City Leaders: Well???????

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  • FF64March 10, 2012 - 1:47 pm

    Worked 67 of the past 90 hours. Sorry I wasn't "here" for you. I've been "there" for you!

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  • antonio cruzMarch 08, 2012 - 9:46 am

    Unfortunately Fairfield has been attracting a bad element for better than 25 years now. At that time 25 years ago, Fairfield was a quiet little town. Jelly Belly had just moved up here, the HWY 12 extension from Beck Avenue to I80 was not even built and we had a change in the midst. Everybody complained how boring it was; we rolled up the sidewalks at sunset. Now it’s a toilet! Now it’s not so boring! Now it’s a mess! We have become a tolerant society that accepts the lack of what use to be common decency in our communities. The more tolerant we become to the lack of basic simple morals and common decency towards each other the worse this going to get. I need to back up here, this is blog is getting away from the focus let me say I am deeply sadden to see anyone loose there life and I pray for the victims an there families.

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  • ed allenMarch 08, 2012 - 12:24 pm

    I agree with your comments. As someone who has had family and friends living here for 35 yrs this May, Fairfield has gone downhill and people I have known over those yrs have left and moved out of the area/state as a result of homicides like this among other crimes, i.e. robbery, muggings, and the like. Fairfield was only built for 50,000-80,000 people not more than 100,000. The crimes that are committed here seem to be by people who more or less live here and have more than one address or live out of town. The more people moved out of the cities and into the suburbs, the spike rise in crime occurred. Ask those who live in the East Bay or anywhere outside of the SF-Oakland city hub. Jean Quan, mayor of Oakland upon seeing a family on the street of her city asked, "Are you from Oakland?" "Oh no! ", the family replied, "we used to be, but we moved to Antioch." If you are a former gang member, seems you can't really leave the "family", even if you move to Sac, Vaca, or FF. You end up shot dead in most cases. Your violent past and troubles don't exactly stay put once you leave any crime -ridden city for the burbs. My sympathies to the families of the victims.

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  • 707downMarch 08, 2012 - 10:21 am

    Hanging out around 5 pm these young men should have been at work. Being productive but look at who these young boys look up to no fathers, the streets, and single mothers.

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  • hmmMarch 08, 2012 - 10:23 am

    I agree. Sad part is when I left for work this morning they where already hanging out and I had to drive past all of it to take my kids to school at 8 in the morning. The security in there is a joke. They will park on the street and watch them smoke weed and loiter right in front of the no loitering sign.

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  • Concerned as wellMarch 08, 2012 - 12:59 pm

    One of the victims (the 24 year old) was charged with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon (gun) back in 2007, however, during the struggle he was shot in the leg with his own gun and driven to the hospital by a waiting car. I hope they catch the triggerman because I'm interested to know what led up to their deaths.

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  • tcc43March 08, 2012 - 1:05 pm

    That is right, hmm. This blighted area is nothing but a haven for thugs, hoodlums and unemployed punks. What is wrong with parking a police cruiser in there 24/7 with a cop inside? Or renting one of the units as a police substation? This city is in the toilet, as far as I am concerned. I have watched it happen over the last 50 years, and it makes me physically ill to contemplate it. There is one glaring "elephant in the room" as to the main reason for this, and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out. Since our city council has no rocket scientists on board, that should not be a problem. Standing by....................

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  • misswho707March 08, 2012 - 6:07 pm

    everytime a murder happens in this city the same people always comment about what the police are doing and not doing,belittling them,but how bout you people stop and think about peoples family and what pain they are going through.and someone made a comment about they cant wait for the names to come on so they can go look up thier backgrounds and see what trouble they been in.come on get real what does it matter,good or bad NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO TAKE SOMEONE'S LIFE.

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  • hmmMarch 09, 2012 - 6:49 am

    Really thought I would see an article this am about the shooting last night in the same exact spot. Thank goodness last night only cars got hit.

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  • NosolutionsMarch 09, 2012 - 11:46 pm

    This is bigger than the FFPD, I wonder how are our young people getting a hold of such powerful ammo/guns? I know it won't be easy to go after the underground gun salemen, but something needs to be done. I wish I had the solution but its bigger than I. I appreciate our police officers they can only do so much. My prayers goes out to the parents & family of the victims. My prayers also goes out to the parents who saw their child picture posted as the suspects. I know as a mother who carried a child I wasn't rubbing my stomach going oh yeah my child is going to grow up to become a murderer!!!

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  • Underground Gun Sales?March 10, 2012 - 4:10 pm

    This is the whole problem with our Government....The guns that are being used in crimes like this are not being purchased legally in the first place! So what does our Government do for a solution...they make it tougher for law abiding citizens to buy and purchase just about any gun, they limit the amount of guns we can buy..they limit the counties were ammo can be purchased..they make law abiding citizens go thru handgun safety class, they impose waiting periods on purchases, they make us jump thru hoops for Conceal carry permits..and they still deny most permits because of a insufficent reason.... Gun laws in our nation don't deter criminals..they're meant to deter citizens of their 2nd amendment right!

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  • cheekaMarch 10, 2012 - 12:57 pm

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  • CluelessMarch 10, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    Which proves that some of these people are incorrigible. He didn't learn anything from that experience, obviously not even how to keep from getting shot. If I tried to rob a group of people and they snatched my gun and shot me with it, I'd be too embarassed to try and live that lifestyle any longer, and would immediately relocate,get a job,and a real life.

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  • know the factsMarch 10, 2012 - 3:08 pm

    @Clueless This is how it works; the police don't force anyone to testify. The police investigate the case. It is then turned over to the District Attorney, to decide the charges, and prosecute, (just like TV). They issue the subpoenas, and decide which witnesses to call. And sometimes police have to protect the witnesses, but it is very expensive and unusual. Our system says those on trial have a right to confront their accusers. The bad guys win when good people do nothing.

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  • CluelessMarch 10, 2012 - 7:11 pm

    I lived it. I was threatened by the police, and told to tell the judge that I feared for my life, and the police told me it didn't matter if I was scared or not, I still had to testify. I was subpoenad, and told I would be put in jail and CPS would take my kid if I didn't testify. I realize the DA decides what witnesses to use. They choose the witnesses who have something to lose, and no criminal record-like me.I realize the police and the DA choose to protect some witnesses-like the scum that drove Matt Garcia's killer. She was protected, I was threatened.I lived it, I know what happens, and never again in life will I ever do what I thought was the right thing. The witnesses who lied to the police weren't subpoenad. The person that told the truth was.I know the facts.I was there.

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  • know the factsMarch 10, 2012 - 4:20 pm

    I think you will find that the guns most of these thugs possess are stolen from residential burglaries from gun owners who do not lock them up. They are sold on the street for a couple of hundred bucks, and are easy to find.

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  • know the factsMarch 10, 2012 - 8:43 pm

    @Clueless You did the right thing.....and sometimes that is the hardest thing to do. Thank you.

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