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A neighbor reacts after a shooting in the Parkway Gardens community in Fairfield, Friday. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)


Man shot, killed at Parkway Gardens

By From page A1 | January 04, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Police late Friday continued to investigate a shooting in a Fairfield neighborhood that left one man dead.

The shooting was reported shortly before 8:15 p.m. on El Verano Court in Parkway Gardens, located off Dover Avenue near Air Base Parkway.

Police reported about two and a half hours later that the shooting was a homicide – the city’s first of 2014. The victim was described only as an adult male.

Fairfield Police Capt. Joe Allio said officers responded to reports of multiple shots fired to find a man dead in the common green area behind the El Verano Court section of the complex, not far from the community pool.

Allio said police had no suspects in custody and as far as they could tell there was just one victim in the shooting and no one had appeared a local hospitals with gunshot wounds.

No further details on the victim were being released Friday as investigators searched for family members, Allio said.

Although the suspect remained at large, Allio said there was no order issued for residents to take shelter indoors.

“(We) don’t think we have somebody running around with a weapon of some sort trying to kill people right now,” he said. “We think this was an event that’s over.”

It was too early late Friday to determine the circumstances that led to the shooting, and it was not clear whether the victim may have known his killer, Allio said.

Police blocked off the entire complex near the main entrance at East Pacific and Dover avenues. Residents of the Parkway Gardens community and those who said they were family members of the shooting victim were visibly distraught and nearly came to blows with officers at approximately 9:45 p.m.

Crime scene investigators arrived at the scene shortly before 10 p.m. Police Chief Walt Tibbet arrived shortly thereafter.

Allio said the chief showed up because the complex has been an area of focus for the department. A number of shootings at the complex in recent weeks have the department working hard to prevent further violence, Allio said.

That includes an increased presence in the area, and getting to know the management and the residents, Allio said.

“We want to do all we can to avoid another one or retaliation-related (crime),” Allio said. “See if we can’t stop it before the next event happens. We’ve been spending a lot of time here at Parkway Gardens.”

Violent area

The neighborhood has been the scene of deadly violence in recent years that ultimately prompted a series of community stakeholder meetings and renewed efforts to curb violence there.

Two people were killed during a gunfight shortly before 5 p.m. March 7, 2012, in a parking lot at the Parkway Gardens town home complex during a drug deal that turned into a robbery.

Vedell Jamar Chew, 24, of Fairfield, and Bernard Francis Knight, 18, of East Palo Alto, died at the scene.

The double-homicide led to extended outreach by police and city officials in the Parkway Gardens community that led to increased police patrols of the neighborhood.

Marcel Rutherford-Chew, 20, of East Palo Alto, faced the possibility of life in prison without possibility of parole until Solano County prosecutors dropped murder and robbery charges and Rutherford-Chew pleaded no contest in December 2013 to a pair of involuntary manslaughter charges.

Rutherford-Chew was 18 at the time of the double-shooting. Vedell Chew was his cousin.

More recently, there was a shooting in early December with no injuries at Parkway Gardens, followed the next day by a shooting that wounded a 19-year-old at the condominium complex. Two people were arrested. The District Attorney’s Office didn’t file charges against them, pending further investigation.

Those shootings were among a string of at least a half-dozen reported Fairfield shootings during December, including the Christmas Eve shooting of a 25-year-old Fairfield man on the 1900 block of Grande Circle.

Prior to that, an 18-year-old man was shot Nov. 13 while visiting a makeshift memorial near a parking lot on El Verano Court.

Investigation continues

Friday’s fatal shooting is being investigated by the Police Department’s Major Crime Unit. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 428-7600, the 24-hour tip line at 428-7345 or Crime Stoppers at 644-7867. Callers may remain anonymous.

Glen Faison contributed to this report. Reach Mike Corpos at 427-6979 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcorposdr.


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  • archieJanuary 04, 2014 - 4:40 am

    Well that didn't take long for first murder of 2014. My guess is there will be more from that neighborhood here shortly. It's unfortunate that this happened and condolences to the family.

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  • five footer orignal parkway gardens residentJanuary 04, 2014 - 7:22 am

    My condolence to the family. there was a time when P-dub was a nice place to live and raise children, now it a place of horror. I wish our young men wouldn't Conduct themselves in this manner because it's hurting us all. a loss of life for reasons I can't understand. I'm a resident of this community, and this morning I wake up sad!

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  • Allison Ballinger KeeseyJanuary 04, 2014 - 7:39 am

    wow ..here it goes again....this crap with Parkway Gardens is so containable and still with increased police presence they can't get a lid on it? I know one of the surviving victims from last month, and anyone can see the dealing going on there just by driving by at basically anytime during day or night. So why is it such a thing that the local police don't see it and take these dealers and stealers off the street? With all the increases in deadly violent crimes in Fairfield these days we will soon be giving Stockton and Oakland a run for the title of most violent and most homicides committed in one city....sad

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  • S KJanuary 04, 2014 - 11:40 am

    Maybe because the Po Po are too busy scarfing down donuts at the nearest donut shop. Wouldn't get so out of control in Suisun, more intense policing IMO. Anyway, they need a FULL time 24/7 police precinct office there, and stay on them like stink on Dog Poo. Another alternative is to knock Parkway down as was done in Suisun's Crescent neighborhood, but then where would all these perps go??? Was once a very nice development, probably first built for and filled with the fine families associated with the Air Force base, not the scum that hangs out there now. But there is always hope. There was also a great article right below that one showing the fine kids that probably will have a great future going to that academy. A Big congrats to THOSE KIDS.

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  • FredJanuary 04, 2014 - 6:28 pm

    Just because there is a problem with that place should not be a reason to tear it down & create a vacant lot. That was Fairfield’s go to plan, whenever PD had a problem area they could not control they would use the RDA to buy it & tear it down. We don't have an RDA for that anymore & besides what did that get us, vacant lots & major debt. Living in an older area with growing problems, one of the problems I have seen with FPD is a lack of presence & in some cases a slow response time (& no shows). FPD tends to be simply reactive & not proactive & that’s despite having the largest numbers of actual sworn officers lately that they have ever had.

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  • S KJanuary 04, 2014 - 8:22 pm

    The big difference between Suisun PD and FPD I guess. Ours are GREAT over here.

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  • http://www.crime-free-association.org/multi-housing.htmJanuary 04, 2014 - 8:32 pm

    ? Worth a look

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  • sobreakitdownformeJanuary 05, 2014 - 11:15 am

    I took a quick look at this and I don't know why but I was reminded of the whole Zimmerman/Treyvon Martin situation. Anyways It seems that the cops help property managers become more aware of who they rent out to and how to keep the area looking safe ie bright lights. I don't know though, I feel like if its gone too deep its already a done deal. Really, the only way drug dealers go is if their forced out and have another location to go to. This place has history and history always repeats itself. Im still thinking of tearing down the area and building something more modern and nice.

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  • T. SilvaJanuary 04, 2014 - 9:34 am

    Extending my condolences to the family affected as well. I lived in Parkway Gardens for almost 8 years, leaving the area in February 2012. While owning my townhouse there, I was the HOA Board President for nearly three years and worked diligently with other Board members during that time developing and creating relationships with residents in the area. The community was moving in a much more positive direction and crime was significantly reduced. We worked with the residents, not against them. We participated and listened to owners and residents, proactively taking measures to ensure security and safety. It was tough, a bit frightful at at times, but worth every bit of the energy it took. It's unfortunate that after our Board terms were over, the level of interaction and safety dramatically declined. The betterment of the community went back to being what it was years ago. Non existent. I wonder if the security cameras/system we had installed are still active and working? Maybe those will help the local authorities.

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  • SobreakitdownformeJanuary 04, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    First, what you did during your stint as HOA president to establish a community is commendable. However a lot of areas since the housing bust became once again dangerous. The cops im sure do the very best they can to watch over these neighborhoods but im sure its exhausting. The cops are forced into playing babysitters for these grown men and women who are too immature to take care of themselves. Its my opinion that homeowners/landowners of these area get together and demolish these homes, forcing the criminals to move out and later on rebuilding a beautiful inviting place. But its not my property and its not my lawn people get shot on to decide what to do.

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  • princessJanuary 04, 2014 - 1:49 pm

    Keep your negative comments to your self's REST EASY AND IN PEACE LOVE YOU

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  • SobreakitdownformeJanuary 04, 2014 - 2:37 pm

    My condolences to the victim and his loved ones however this is not a memorial webboard, this is a webboard to discuss current events. Thank you!

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  • JazzAzzJanuary 04, 2014 - 2:54 pm

    Exactly, I agree. Until some people in this community starts getting under control, actting like responsible citizens, I am afraid there will be more condolences coming

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  • JazzAzzJanuary 04, 2014 - 3:05 pm

    Meant, "ACTING"

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  • Blanca BotwinJanuary 04, 2014 - 7:11 pm

    Ok, so what happened since the drug deal that went bad last year, where the drug dealer killed the buyers, and WALKED AWAY LIKE DEALING AND KILLING IS LEGAL? Cops said they were going to be present, speaking with residents, blah blah blah.Rutherford-Chew, who didn't kill anyone, is taking the hit, for some reason(someone else talked and walked). This whole area is a joke.Shootings been happening at Parkway, and the police act like it's acceptable.New diaper, same s hit.

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  • Donny BJanuary 04, 2014 - 8:29 pm

    Condolences to Vicki and Family

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  • daejJanuary 06, 2014 - 8:37 pm

    To those with out the badd commets that was my bro n we need help pay n for his funeral so any thing will help plezz email me if u can

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