Richmond sheriffs probe revenge as motive for shootings

Investigators are looking into whether a shooting Monday afternoon in unincorporated North Richmond that injured seven people could have been revenge for an earlier shooting at the same intersection, a sheriff's spokesman said.

At about 7:40 a.m. a 42-year-old man was shot near the intersection of Fifth Street and Market Avenue in the unincorporated Contra Costa County community of North Richmond, Contra Costa Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition. Lee had not received an update on the man's condition today, but said he was still alive today.

The second shooting occurred at the same intersection at about 4:50 p.m. A sheriff's deputy patrolling the area heard the gunfire and found two people on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds.

Ten minutes later, police got a call from Doctor's Medical Center in San Pablo reporting five gunshot victims involved in the same shooting were seeking medical attention, Lee said.

All of the victims were male between the ages of 16 and 31. None of their injuries were life-threatening and both shootings are being investigated as assaults with a deadly weapon, Lee said.

The investigation is ongoing, but so far no arrests have been made and no suspects have been named, Lee said.

Sheriff's deputies have stepped up patrol in North Richmond since the shootings.

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