Two shooting victims were found on the 2400 block of Orchid Street Saturday night after a fight broke out in front of a house where a large party was taking place. Two other victims were found a block away on the 200 block of Camellia Street. All of the victims were juveniles. (Adam Smith/Daily Republic)


Police: Shooting sends 4 juveniles to hospital

By From page A1 | April 07, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Police on Sunday continued their investigation into a late Saturday shooting that left four minors hospitalized with gunshot wounds after a fight broke out outside a Fairfield house party.

Fairfield police said they received calls at approximately 10:30 p.m. of a large fight in front of a home where a large party was taking place on the 2400 block of Orchid Street. There were also reports of gunshots in the area.

Police responded to the scene and found four gunshot victims – all juveniles – in the vicinity of Camellia and Orchid streets. They were transported to area hospitals.

One of the shooting victims was listed in critical condition but was stable Sunday morning, according to police. The conditions of the other three victims were not released, other than to say they were stable.

Fairfield resident Roxana Estrada, whose family lives on Camellia Street, said she could hear the commotion and went outside to check. She said there were a lot of people outside a home on Orchid Street, and everybody was fighting.

“All of a sudden they just started shooting,” Estrada said.

She said she heard six shots, then everybody ran. Estrada called the police.

Two victims were found on the 200 block of Camellia Street, one with injuries that were described as severe. Estrada said one of the victims – who told emergency responders he was 14 – was shot in the leg. She said the two other victims were on Orchid Street.

Four ambulances were called to the scene. Reports from the scene indicated that the victims were taken to NorthBay Medical Center. Traffic was blocked on Dahlia Street east of Heather Street.

Fairfield police called in backup from nearby agencies to help secure the scene, provide crowd control and to cover the city while Fairfield officers worked the crime scene. At least one fight broke out in the area as police were securing the scene.

Officers were preparing late Saturday night to clear a home on the 2400 block of Orchid Street that had more than a dozen people inside. As they were doing so, those inside began to emerge, ultimately in single file. Estrada said several people were detained – at least temporarily – and police went door-to-door in the neighborhood, asking questions.

Estrada said the neighborhood is normally pretty calm.

“Things like this don’t happen,” she said.

Crews cleared the blood from the street Sunday morning, Estrada said. A pair of sandals from someone who fled the scene still lay abandoned on Camellia Street.

The shootings occurred in the residential area behind the Mission Village Shopping Center, which fronts on North Texas Street just north of the Air Base Parkway crossing.

Police did not describe or name a suspect in the shootings, and Estrada wasn’t surprised. She said someone could easily jump the fence behind the Orchid Street homes and flee through the shopping center.

This is the second shooting along the North Texas Street corridor this week.

Federal and local police shot and injured two brothers in separate incidents – about 30 minutes apart – shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday on the 2700 block of North Texas Street – about three blocks north of Saturday’s shooting scene.

The brothers, Markell Davis, 27, of Fairfield, and Cory Davis, 33, of Suisun City, were suspects in what police describe as “brazen shootouts from moving vehicles” that occurred mid-February in Fairfield and Vacaville.

Police are seeking help from the public to identify and catch those responsible for Saturday’s shooting. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit at 428-7600, the 24-hour tip line at 428-7345 or Crime Stoppers at 664-7876. Callers may remain anonymous.

Glen Faison contributed to this report. Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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  • paqkleaderApril 07, 2014 - 12:49 am

    When they catch the teenager who pulled the trigger, his mom will say the classic line "my son is a good kid, straight A student! He would never do this! He is a good kid!"...Yah..ok!

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  • noseyApril 07, 2014 - 10:24 am

    Ha I know right

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  • mescApril 07, 2014 - 8:39 pm

    Then she will call you a ra!st and cash her welfare check.

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  • GemmaApril 07, 2014 - 5:22 am

    The houses in the pic look nice.It's sad that all it takes is one person to cause such tragedy.I hope everyone injured makes a full recovery, and the person responsible is caught.

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  • Dodge D. BulletsApril 07, 2014 - 6:16 am

    One person? As if an out of control party that grew to an all out brawl & riot in the street wasn't bad enough for ya?

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  • Rich GiddensApril 07, 2014 - 7:03 am

    You're just another lover of your rotten State and Local Government that's bloated like a pig and clearly grossly incompetent.

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  • Dodge D. BulletsApril 07, 2014 - 6:11 am

    WOW, Fairfield City Council & Fairfield’s “reactive” police force are doing a great job protecting folks in the Orchid St. area. Residential burglaries, auto burglaries, theft, assaults, drug dealing, out of control parties, oh and did I forget all the shootings. This despite having the largest “actual” police force that they’ve ever had thanks in part to Prop P & the grant cops. Hear they just hired two more cops & got one on order. Guess it’s time for another meet & greet over at Amy Blanc. Hey Tibbet’s, I’ll bring the donuts if you bring the bullet proof vests.

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  • Rita GoldenApril 07, 2014 - 8:29 am

    The police aren't there to "stop crime". They are only there to assist after the crime has been committed. It's up to the parents to know where their children are and to be better involved in their lives. Unfortunately that doesn't happen much these days as the thugs of yesterday are raising the thugs of today. Sad world we live in!

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  • CD BrooksApril 07, 2014 - 8:36 am

    Actually Rita, we need both. After all, we can't expect parents to shoot their "perfect" children! ;)

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  • Dodge D. BulletsApril 07, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    Reality is that even with all the problems in this neighborhood you are still more likely to get a drive-by from your local gangsta than you are from your local police cruiser.

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  • MDSApril 07, 2014 - 4:37 pm

    You need to look to your state government if you want somebody to blame for the petty crimes. The people committing those crimes know they aren't going to prison or even county jail for a long period of time if they're caught so the risk is worth it to them. Fairfield isn't the only place seeing huge increases in these types of crimes. You can put a thousand cops out there but if there is no punishment for the crime then the crooks are going to commit the crime. It takes more than just a police presence to solve the problem.

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  • CD BrooksApril 07, 2014 - 5:25 pm

    MDS, would you agree that an actual police presence might be a good start? Maybe if they just sort of hung around and pretended to be paying attention?

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  • MDSApril 07, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    Where would you like them to hang out? In front of your house? What if everybody wants a cop around their house? I don't know what the ratio currently is in Fairfield, but most cities try and have a 1 to 1000 ratio of cops per population. But that's a little misleading because that's total sworn officers including supervisors, managers, the Chief, detectives, and all other classifications of peace officers. What that works out to as a general rule, is one on duty police officer in a marked unit at any given time for every 10,000 to 15,000 people. What's the population of Fairfield up to now? Close to 100K isn't it? So you probably only have 7 to 10 officers on duty at any given time and that city is pretty spread out.

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  • CD BrooksApril 08, 2014 - 6:28 am

    MDS, I don’t care where they hang out or their numbers. Would I like them in my neighborhood? Absolutely! I’ve complained about this for years and it has steadily gotten worse. Drivers abusing the law are everywhere and easy targets, they are part of the reason we have so much crime. Nobody is paying attention so people are not held accountable and do as they please. If you don’t recognize that, you are part of the problem.

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  • Tax PayerApril 07, 2014 - 6:31 am

    It is getting really sporty in good ole Fairfield. Juveniles with guns. Wonder where their parents are. Oh yeah, probably prison or a poor old single mommy doing her best.

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  • Poor Old Single Mommy Doing Her BestApril 07, 2014 - 6:53 am

    "My baby wouldn't do that!"

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  • CD BrooksApril 07, 2014 - 7:29 am

    The folks of Dodge City are noticing they aren't in Kansas any more!

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  • Rita GoldenApril 07, 2014 - 8:32 am

    I realized I wasn't in "Dodge" anymore years ago. That's why I got the hell out of there. Too bad that Fairfield has become another Oakland.

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  • mescApril 07, 2014 - 8:46 pm

    Rita you nailed it. Fairfield has become Richmond and Vallejo. The trash blows in the wind and ends up here. We need a massive police effort to get rid of the garbage. And we can start with holding whomever is renting to these low lifes responsible too. Too bad we have become a nation of paying !diots to breed. This is the result.

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  • Mr. WizardApril 07, 2014 - 9:50 pm

    Well CD, we in Kansas (Laurel Estates) have been clicking our ruby slippers together for years (till they got jacked by sum Flying Monkeys) but we are still stuck with the Cowardly Lion (Harry Price), the heart lacking Tin Man (Mraz) and the cranial challenged Scare Crow (Moy). And don’t even get me started with the Lollipop Guild (FPD)….

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  • BApril 07, 2014 - 7:46 am

    Love to hear what the owners of the house have to say about this party. All the parents should be horse whipped and castrated. Sickening displays of parenting in Fairfield these days.

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  • MattApril 07, 2014 - 7:51 am

    I'm fed up with this cool to be a gangster mentality. The whole hip hop scene brainwashes these kids to think that it's rational to pull a gun out and shoot. It's a bunch of cowards promoting a cowardly lifestyle. If there's a fight let them fight it out and if you get your ass kicked then that's that but instead it escalates to innocent people getting hurt because E-40 grew up that way or Mac Dre lived that lifestyle.

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  • P.J.April 07, 2014 - 8:04 am

    Just a quick note...the 2400 block of Orchid is not behind the old Mission Village. It is behind the empty K-Mart shopping center. Yes, it has been a nice neighborhood. What's funny is that the old Amy Blanc school has been turned into a police school. Since then, the crime in the area has increased a LOT!...go figure!

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  • LarryApril 07, 2014 - 8:37 am

    Having a house party for juveniles or for young adults will always be a problem for any owner. My suggestion to anyone who is planning a house party would be to limited your guests to people you know, limited the number of guests that you can control, have the proper security inside/outside your house. Also, you should inform your neighbors of your party in advance. No one has control of any person who is not invited, but their main goal is to cause trouble for the few of us who want to have a fun party. Continue your [parties be smart.

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  • American PatriotApril 07, 2014 - 9:32 am

    They were all minors, JAIL the PARENTS!!! No accountability in Solano County Specifically Fairfield. Its always someone elses fault. When Solano County quits making excuses for criminal behavior Solano County wont be a Ghetto anymore

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  • Screwed up stateApril 07, 2014 - 2:23 pm

    You can blame the parents but I believe its the states fault. 1st they teach the kids that if you parents spank you then call CPS. Then they let the kids know that its not against the law to run away. If you call and tell the fine city of Fairfield that your child has run away their response is send us a picture so if we find him dead it will be easier to id him. So with everything that the parents have to deal with in the lovely state of Ca. you as a parent have NO rights. 2nd this lovely P.O.S. city is nothing more then a welfare city. 9 out of 10 apartment are for low income. Dont just blame the parents.....

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  • elleryApril 07, 2014 - 5:27 pm

    Back in my day taking a shot at a party usually had to do with yagermeister. How times have changed.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 07, 2014 - 6:37 pm

    Wouldn't you would have loved to have recorded all the conversations and discussions that led to the fighting and shootings? I'm sure it was a very interesting discussion! I wonder how many times the ''n'' word was said derisively and in anger. I wonder how many underage girls were called the b word and the h word. I wonder if any adjacent homeowners have digital time stamped home security video recorders installed. If they don't then they are foolish. If everybody installed them, crime would drop rapidly.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 07, 2014 - 9:52 pm

    All the cops and justice authorities in the world aren't going to end the horrific carnage and maiming. We already tried that in the 80's and 90's with 3 strikes and an expensive death penalty law that executes nobody as lawyers get rich. The Rx and solution you need is to end the welfare state and its counterbalance, the police state. Cut the welfare off!!! Stop paying young girls to have babies who are at birth condemned to a life of deprivation and neglect.

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