One dead, two injured in I-580 shooting

July 13, 2009 6:41:00 PM PDT
A shooting incident in Richmond killed one person and shutdown a freeway for hours overnight. Police are pleading for your help in dealing with 26 homicides in just six months this year -- that compares to 27 for all of last year.

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Police are hoping someone steps forward with information that can crack these cases. This latest murder may not be related, but it also might be the easiest to solve.

For the seventh time in just over a week, Richmond police are investigating a homicide. The victim is 23-year-old Aaron Jackson of Oakland; he was the driver of a blue Honda that was going westbound on I-580 just after midnight when a smaller size SUV pulled up alongside and the gunfire started. Jackson is dead and his two passengers injured -- one by a bullet, one by the ensuing crash.

Investigators may have caught a break.

"We are looking at the possibility of having surveillance video of this shooting. We are hoping that this footage will give us some information on the suspect vehicle and the suspects in this case," said Richmond police Sgt. Bisa French.

Jaime Albarado lives not five minutes from the murder scene. He looks at the violence all around him and feels like moving to some other town.

"This is where I live and where I work and it is not feeling safe," said Albarado.

It was the exact same reaction from folks living in Richmond's Iron Triangle neighborhood, where just Sunday morning, one person was killed and two were wounded.

"Unsafe. I'm not happy. And - with what happened last, it scares me," said Angelica Mora.

None of the recent homicides have been solved and police are looking for a little help from a scared and wary public.

"Give us some insight into the feuds that are going on and that will hopefully help us solve some of these cases," said French.

Officers recognized the murder victim who they say attended a "Stop the Violence" rally over the weekend in Richmond.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the homicide section of the Richmond Police Department at (510) 620-6612 during normal business hours, or call Sgt. Lori Curran at (510) 620-6647.

People wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call the 24-hour anonymous tip line at (510) 232-TIPS.

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