Two killed, including young mother, in central Richmond
on August 2, 2011
Two people were shot and killed early Monday outside a central Richmond apartment complex near Nevin Park.
One victim was Rose McFadden, a 25-year-old mother of four who was a passenger in a car. The car’s driver was Antoine Williams Jr., 24, police said.
“They were sitting in the car after coming home from a night out in San Francisco,” said Det. Nicole Abetkov. “At this point we don’t know who [shot them] or why, but we are asking for the public to call in if they have any information.”
Abetkov said the shooting occurred around 2:40 p.m. when the victims pulled up to a security gate at the Barrett Terrace Apartment, where McFadden lived with her four young children. “It looks like [the shooter] approached the car on foot,” Abetkov said.
McFadden was pronounced dead at the scene, and Williams died later Monday at John Muir Medical Center.
Police do not know whether the shooting was linked to the ongoing violence between rival factions in central and North Richmond, a conflict that has contributed to most of the nine homicides that rocked the two communities last month alone. Abetkov said police will review surveillance tapes from cameras at the apartment complex and the nearby Kaiser Medical Center as part of their investigation.
The two homicides bring Richmond’s total to 23 this year, while three people have been killed in unincorporated North Richmond.
The city of Richmond suffered 21 homicides in 2010.
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