Victims of Richmond shooting identified

Victims of Richmond shooting identified
Two people were killed in a shooting on Pennsylvania Avenue at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2024. Photo/Soren Hemmila

The Contra Costa County Coroner has identified two people who were killed in a shooting this week as Richmond residents Maciyah Brown, 21, and Alvaro Garciapar, 30.

Brown and Par are two of three people killed in shootings on Pennsylvania Avenue and Kelsey Street on Tuesday afternoon and early Wednesday morning.

Richmond resident Alvaro Garciapar Photo/ Univision

According to Univision, Par was from Guatemala and was shot as he was leaving the Family Market & Deli Tuesday afternoon.

Violencia en Richmond: tiroteos dejan tres muertos, entre ellos un guatemalteco
Hay preocupación en Richmond por recientes hechos de violencia que dejan al menos tres personas muertas. Una de las víctimas es Álvaro, un hombre de origen guatemalteco y quien fue acribillado a tiros cuando salía de una tienda. Según cifras, en lo corrido de este 2024 ya se han registrado seis homicidios en esta ciudad.

Richmond Police have increased the number of officers on patrol and are conducting high-visibility patrols in response to the shootings, said Lt. Donald Patchin, Public Information Officer for the Richmond Police Department.

"RPD Homicide Detectives are actively investigating these homicides and are working to bring the persons responsible to justice," Patchin said.

On Tuesday, June 18, 2024, Richmond Police dispatch received a ShotSpotter activation at 4:15 p.m., followed by reports of a subject that was shot in the 700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

“Officers responded and located at least one victim suffering from fatal wounds at the scene.  Three additional victims either self-transported or were transported by ambulance to local trauma centers. One of those victims unfortunately succumbed to their wounds. 

A third person died in a separate shooting in the 1300 block of Kelsey Street at 12:42 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, has been identified as 38-year-old Oakland resident Lorenzo Newell.

Lorenzo Newell Photo/GoFundMe

Patchin said Richmond Police responded to the Wednesday morning shooting after receiving another ShotSpotter activation followed by calls about a subject who had been shot.

“Officers located a victim at the scene suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Unfortunately, that victim succumbed to their injuries at the scene,” Patchin said.

The Bay Area News Group reported a law enforcement source with knowledge of the incident said two of the four victims were juveniles, and a pregnant woman in her 20s was one of the three killed.

Patchin said he was unable to confirm specifics regarding the gender, age, or if the victim was pregnant.

Significant increase in shootings

In May, Assistant Chief Simmons reported a significant increase in shootings and people injured in shootings over the previous year.

“Where we do see some concern, which is, in my opinion, a little bit more of an important line item, is our actual shootings,” Simmons said at the May 1 Community Police Review Commission meeting.

Midway through the year, this morning’s homicide is the seventh RPD has investigated this year. Last year, Richmond had only eight homicides, the lowest homicide rate in 50 years.

This year's homicides include Charles Harvey, 46, Myron Smith, 50, Antjuan Webb Jr., 20, Jimarion Robinson, an 18-year-old Kennedy High School student.

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