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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.