Shots were fired yesterday evening in the Target parking lot on Macdonald Ave., injuring two victims. One, a 17-year-old boy, was critically wounded, according to Richmond police. Both were admitted to Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo and eventually moved to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.
Police investigators are currently trying to piece together what happened, said Richmond Police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov. The shooting occurred around 5:45 p.m., she said, in the western corner of the parking lot near Wing Stop. Officers in the area heard the gunshots and responded.
The 17-year-old was flown from Doctors Medical Center via air ambulance to John Muir Medical Center where he went into surgery last night. According to police, he is now in stable condition. The second victim was treated and released last night.
“As far as I know, it wasn’t a totally random thing,” Abetkov said.
The two victims were known to each other and were together at the time of the shooting, according to police. “I don’t think they were specifically targeted,” Abetkov said. “I don’t know if there was some kind of altercation prior to the shooting.”
Since there are many businesses in the area, Abetkov said detectives are going from business to business, trying to see if the incident was caught on camera. She also said detectives are going to interview the victims and any witnesses to the crime.
“They are still working on trying to gather more information on who the suspects may be,” Abetkov said.
“As always, we are asking for the public’s help,” said Abetkov, requesting that anyone who has any information on the shooting call the police department’s non-emergency number: 510-232-1214. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can contact the police at 510-232-TIPS (8477).