Police officers and county sheriffs are investigating a spate of four shootings that happened Sunday night in both Richmond and North Richmond. The shootings occurred over the course of three hours late Sunday night and left three dead and three injured—one critically. Richmond police and county sheriff’s officers are looking for connections between the shootings, but say it is too early to say if any of them are related.
Shortly before 9 pm on Sunday, Richmond police officers responded to a shooting at the intersection of South 39th Street and Ohio Avenue in Central Richmond, where they found a man who had been shot and wounded. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to live. Lt. Bisa French of the Richmond Police Department said he was walking outside when he was shot and that the motive for the shooting is unknown.
At 10:32, Contra Costa County sheriff’s officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 100 block of Ruby Street in unincorporated North Richmond. Jerry Lee, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s department, said deputies found one shooting victim, Ray Anthony Hutson, age 28. Deputies attempted CPR but Hutson was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. Another North Richmond man, 24, was found shot at the same location but was still alive. He was airlifted to John Muir Medical Center. Lee said the man’s condition has improved from critical to serious. His name has not been released.
A third shooting happened just after 11 pm in the 3200 block of Center Street in Richmond. Nineteen-year-old Rashad Bailey was sitting in his car when he was shot and killed, French said.
Similarly, at 11:15, at the corner of First Street and Macdonald Avenue, two men were shot while sitting in a vehicle. One man, Darrell Duncan, age 26, died. The other man was injured. The police department has not released his name.
Richmond police and the sheriff’s department have made no arrests in connection with any of the shootings. Lee said sheriff’s detectives are looking into connections between the shootings in North Richmond and the shootings that followed in Richmond, although they have yet to determine if they are connected. Lt. French said there is a “strong possibility” that the Bailey and Duncan homicides in Richmond are connected with the earlier North Richmond shootings, but that she could not say definitively whether they were linked.