Autopsy report: Russell died after being shot at least eight times

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The trauma of at least eight gunshot wounds assured the death of 21-year-old Marcus Russell, a coroner’s examiner testified Tuesday. “It was the totality of all the gunshot wounds put together,” said Dr. Thomas Rogers, forensic pathologist for the Alameda County Coroner’s Office. “A large amount of internal bleeding caused shock” from which Russell never…

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Gunshot residue found on sweater of alleged Richmond shooter

The black-hooded sweatshirt Joe Blacknell III wore on the day he allegedly shot four people and missed two others had minute traces of gunshot residue on it, but not enough to definitively conclude that he fired a gun, a Los Angeles County criminalist testified Wednesday at Contra Costa Superior Court in Martinez. Blacknell is an…

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Testimony in case of murdered rapper centers on day of bloodshed

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By the time for the Richmond Police Department’s evening shift change, the city was on high alert. Bloodshed had started just before 9 a.m., when gunfire at the Pullman Apartment complex sent two alleged gang members to Kaiser Hospital. About two hours later, a 30-year-old man and his 10-year-old niece sitting in a green Buick…

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Murder suspect shot in San Leandro

The suspect in connection with the woman found dead in a Richmond restaurant was shot by police earlier this morning after a long standoff. San Leandro police received a call yesterday morning saying the suspect, 42-year-old Rafael Zarate, was in a home on 12500 Central Avenue near the 880/238 freeway interchange. Richmond Police Dept. Lt.…

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