Huge manhunt on for suspect in councilman's shooting

Police gave an updated description Wednesday afternoon of a man suspected of shooting 22-year-old Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia on Monday night.

At a news conference at City Hall, police Lt. Bob Bunting described the suspect as a light-skinned black or Hispanic man in his late
teens or early 20s. He is approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall with a medium build, Bunting said.

Police are investigating Garcia's activities prior to the shooting and don't yet know whether he was singled out, Bunting said. 

“I can't tell you he was targeted. I don't have knowledge of the investigation that he was targeted,'' Bunting said.

Garcia was shot on Monday at 8:30 p.m. outside a home in the 5000 block of Silverado Drive where he was visiting a female friend. Police now say the gunman got out of a late-model, American sedan and fired several shots before fleeing, police said.

Asked about reports that Garcia may have seen his assailant and tried to get away, Bunting said a witness reported that Garcia had turned, but that police have no indication he tried to flee. 

Garcia was shot once in the back of the head and was on life support Wednesday at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. He also said he could not confirm reports that the female friend that Garcia was visiting when he was shot has left town.

“We're still working on interviews,'' Bunting said.

Police said this morning that 90 officers from local and state agencies are working on the case, along with the FBI. Bunting said
investigators are on the street interviewing people and following up on phone tips.

“We are getting cooperation and phone calls on the tip line,'' Bunting said.

Earlier Wednesday Police Chief Kenton Rainey called for the suspect to surrender.

“Because he is Fairfield's councilman, there is no limit to the resources we will provide,'' Bunting said.

City officials were with Garcia's family Wednesday at John Muir Medical Center. His family intends to remove Garcia, who is brain-dead, from life support and family members were discussing donating his organs, City Manager Sean Quinn said this afternoon.

Bunting and Quinn said a family spokesman would announce memorial service plans later Wednesday afternoon or evening.

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