Man shot dead at Richmond BART station in 3rd homicide of the year
on March 15, 2013
A man was shot dead at the Richmond BART station just after 6 pm on Thursday evening. The shooting marks Richmond’s third homicide this year. It follows the shooting deaths of Lincoln Plair, 20, on March 4, and William Wheeler, 26, on February 4, both within half a mile of Thursday night’s shooting.
Police described the victim as an African American man. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Friday, BART’s Deputy Chief of Police, Benson Fairow, said that the victim was 34 years old. Fairow added that they had identified the man, but his name would not be released until the coroner had notified the next of kin.
Fairow also said that there was a second victim, a 26-year-old who did not sustain any life-threatening injuries. The victim was treated at a local hospital and was then released.
BART police started receiving calls reporting gunshots at the Richmond BART station just after 6 pm, said Fairow. Richmond police officers arrived first, then turned the site over to BART police. Because the shooting took place on BART property, BART police will lead the investigation.
Richmond resident Jennifer Williams said she had just gotten off the train on her commute home and was waiting for the elevator when she heard gunshots, despite wearing headphones. “The whole station was full of people,” she said.
When she reached the top of the stairs leading out of the station, Williams said, she saw the victim lying on the ground near the 16th Street entrance, while a woman tried to resuscitate him.
BART police were still looking for witnesses to the shooting. Fairow said that BART has a “pretty significant” system of video cameras at the station, and will be reviewing footage from them, as well as from CCTV cameras in downtown Richmond managed by the Richmond Police Department.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact BART police detectives at (510) 464-7040 or call the confidential hotline at (510) 464-7011.
This story was updated Friday, March 15 at 4 pm.
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