Fairfield reeling from councilman's shooting

Fairfield city leaders have gathered at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek this morning where City Councilman Matt Garcia is expected to be removed from life support today.

The city has been reeling since residents learned that Garcia, 22, had been shot in the head Monday night outside a home in the 5000 block of Silverado Drive where he was visiting a friend.

Friends and colleagues visited a memorial to Garcia this morning located under a tree on a small grass hill in the plaza outside City Hall.

Several hundred people attended a vigil there Tuesday night.

Mourners left flowers and some left written remembrances.

“You were the voice of our youth and such an inspiration to all of Fairfield. You are deeply missed and now we are lost. You've also been such a great friend to me,” Nicole Garfield wrote.

At the memorial this morning, Queenie Chatman cried as she tried to make sense of the shooting of her former Armijo High School classmate.

“It's not fair. Why him? I just talked to him. Someone either followed him or they set him up,” she sobbed.

Police have not offered a motive for the shooting but some of Garcia's friends are speculating the shooter may be a gang member who resented Garcia's efforts to steer youth away from the gang lifestyle.

Fairfield resident Julie Bachman said she was at Garcia's grandmother's house this morning when the family left for the hospital. She, too, said she was baffled about why the popular council member was shot.

“Who knew he was going to go there?” she said of Garcia's visit to a female friend Monday night.

Bachman said a memorial service is being planned at Armijo High School.

Police are still piecing together the details of the shooting but said a man approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall got out of an American made sedan and fired several shots toward Garcia around 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Police recovered eight bullet casings from a small-caliber weapon nearby.

Police said the FBI, the state Department of Justice and Solano County law agencies are helping with the investigation.

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