Three people were sent to the hospital after two groups reportedly exchanged gunfire at the Crescent Park Apartments complex causing a car to smash into an apartment building Friday night.
Two bystanders were hit by gunfire near Flemming Avenue and Ells Street, including a woman driving in the area. The woman smashed her car into an apartment unit, injuring a resident inside at 7:22 p.m., according to KTVU.
The one shooting victim, reportedly a 13-year-old, was transported to Children’s Hospital in Oakland. While the CHP - Golden Gate Division Air Operations said one of their helicopters transported another victim to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. All three injured during the shooting are expected to survive.
According to new reports, surveillance cameras show a gun battle breaking out along the sidewalk.
Crescent Park Apartment Luz Virruete’s daughter was injured in the crash. Virruete told KTVU she heard "about ten gunshots and a car running fast" that ended up inside her apartment.
“My daughter started yelling…my son ran downstairs to check on her,” Virruete told KTVU.
The Richmond Police Officers Association pointed to the shooting as an example of the failed public safety policies affecting residents today.
Before defunding the police, more than 25 police personnel would work the busy weekend hours, including detective units. During Friday night’s shooting, every available patrol officer responded to the scene, the RPOA wrote.
“That’s nine officers, two sergeants and one lieutenant. RPD had to ask for assistance from El Cerrito as well,” the RPOA wrote on Facebook.
New Richmond City Councilmember Cesar Zepeda says he has met with the Police and Fire Chiefs to discuss how to increase public safety in our community.
“I will be working with our other councilmembers to hire more public safety officers that are in the pipeline,” Zepeda wrote on Facebook.