Two men dead after weekend shootings in Richmond

Two men died in separate shootings last weekend in Richmond, and both appear to have been the result of arguments, police said.

The fatal shootings happened Sept. 11, with the first one in the 100 block of MacDonald Avenue around 9:30 a.m., Richmond police spokesman Lt. Aaron Pomeroy said. Police identified the victim as Imani Murphy, 44, Richmond.

Officers found the second man in the 4800 block of Hartnett Avenue around 1:30 p.m. after responding to a ShotSpotter activation at Booker T. Anderson Park on Carlson Boulevard, Pomeroy said. Authorities identified him as 34-year-old Franklin Gallon, of Richmond.

The two killings are the 14th and 15th investigated by Richmond police this year. The California Highway Patrol also has investigated one fatal shooting on Interstate 80 in the city this year.

Police arrested one man on suspicion of homicide in Murphy’s death but did not identify him, pending the filing of official charges by the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.

According to Pomeroy, Murphy had been friends with the man suspected to have shot him but that something led to an argument. The disagreement was a couple of weeks old, Pomeroy said.

“The other individual stayed on the scene, talked to the officers and told police he shot him,” Pomeroy said. “Witnesses described them as really good friends, but that they’d had a personal disagreement in the past couple of weeks.”

In the later shooting Saturday, officers found Gallon in the street when they arrived to Hartnett Avenue. Firefighters and medics worked on him at the scene, but he died there.

Pomeroy said detectives are “knee-deep” in their investigation and that it appears to have stemmed from an argument between neighbors.

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Police did not publicly identify a suspect, but Pomeroy said police believe they know who he is and are working to locate him.

The suspect fled the scene in a green Honda Accord, Pomeroy said. Police did not have a license plate number.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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