FAIRFIELD — Police were tight-lipped Saturday about a shooting Friday night on Dana Drive that left two men hospitalized.
The gunfire was reported at 8:46 p.m. on the 1100 block of Dana Drive.
Police found that two men walked to the nearby NorthBay Medical Center, and that some 36 shots were fired on Dana Drive in what they described Saturday in a press release as a large crime scene. Several vehicles were also damaged.
The men were reported as stable Saturday at the hospital and were expected to survive.
Witnesses at the scene Friday night described a hail of gunfire. Police confirmed Friday night that two people were shot, and updated their condition Saturday, along with a brief report on the scope of the investigation.
It was the second consecutive Friday night during which someone was shot in Fairfield. It was also the second shooting in recent months along Dana Drive that left people wounded.
Three people were shot shortly after 8:30 p.m. Aug. 15 on the 1800 block of San Jose Court. One of the victims was transported from Travis Boulevard and Union Avenue where police had stopped a car after the shooting. The two other shooting victims arrived on their own at NorthBay Medical Center.
Dana Drive is a short road that roughly forms a triangle with Pennsylvania Avenue and B. Gale Wilson Boulevard, across Pennsylvania Avenue and east of Solano Town Center mall and across B. Gale Wilson Boulevard and south of NorthBay Medical Center. It consists of various apartment complexes. Those on the south side of the road back onto the Linear Park.
Residents there are no strangers to violence. That violence – along with other criminal activity – was so pronounced two years ago that police initiated efforts similar to those seen more recently in the violence-prone Parkway Gardens neighborhood. Shootings along Dana Drive have continued.
Two men were shot shortly after 8 p.m. April 21 on the 1100 block of Dana Drive. One man was found in the parking lot of an apartment complex and another walked to nearby NorthBay Medical Center.
Shots were fired into an apartment complex at around 10 p.m. July 15, 2013, on the 1200 block of Dana Drive. No one was injured, but two women were standing in front of the complex at the time of the shooting. A separate shooting an hour later about a mile away on the 200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue left three men injured.
A 16-year-old boy was shot in the hand at approximately 12:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 2012, on the 1100 block of Dana Drive in what police described as a dispute over a dog.
That shooting was the latest in a string of shootings that left people injured in the neighborhood: Three people were shot at about 12:45 a.m. Sept. 16, 2012, on the 1200 block of Dana Drive; and a man was shot and seriously injured shortly after 9:45 p.m. July 18, 2012, while he was standing in front of an apartment on the 1100 block of Dana Drive.
The September 2012 incident led to a neighborhood meeting where police discussed safe-neighborhood and crime-prevention options that are available to residents and property managers.
Police installed high-resolution cameras along Dana Drive in April 2013 in an attempt to curb violence and other criminal activity in the neighborhood. One is located at each end of the street, one at Pennsylvania Avenue and one at B. Gale Wilson Boulevard. A third is located near the middle of the block.
Anyone with information about Friday’s shooting is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit at 428-7600, the 24-hour tip line at 428-7345 or Crime Stoppers at 644-7867. Callers may remain anonymous.
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