Contra Costa College student shot in Richmond

A Contra Costa College student was shot three times in front of his apartment in a drive-by shooting in Richmond this morning, Richmond police Lt. Mark Gagan said. He is the second Contra Costa College student to be shot in the past week.

The victim, whose age was not immediately known, was in front of his apartment near the intersection of South 27th Street and Virginia Avenue at 8:53 a.m. when a vehicle drove up and its occupants started shooting, Gagan said.

The victim was struck three times. Several homes in the area were struck as well, Gagan said.

Police have a description of the vehicle, which had three occupants, but no arrests have been made, Gagan said. The victim is expected to survive his injuries.

On Thursday, a student campus police aid was shot three times at close range after he came upon a burglary or car theft suspect on the school’s campus, at 2600 Mission Bell Drive in San Pablo, police said.

The shooting occurred at 12:55 p.m. on Shane Drive near the Mills Street entrance. The victim, Edgar Rocha, was wearing a protective vest when he was shot, which prevented more serious injuries, the college reported. According to police, Rocha was not a sworn officer and was unarmed but was wearing a uniform when he was shot.

Police responded quickly, blocked off a large area around the campus and began an extensive search using a SWAT team, helicopters and dogs. Five police agencies and more than 50 officers responded searched for several hours, but the suspect was not found, Gagan said today.

Rocha, who was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, was in serious but stable condition today, Gagan said.

— Bay City News

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