Woman dead, man shot at home in Richmond

August 26, 2011 6:32:51 PM PDT
A shocking home invasion in a quiet Richmond neighborhood ended with one woman dead and one man injured.

A gunman forced his way into a home on Moran Avenue at 32nd Street early Friday morning. One woman is dead and her son is in critical condition.

Dinesh Kumar woke up early to make breakfast for his family when he encountered a robber in the house. He was shot, as was his mother when she came in to the room to see what was happening.

Police detained a man in his 20s near the home some time later.

"He was located within the area of the residence," said Richmond Police detective Niki Abetkov. "We don't have any other information right now to provide as far as any secondary suspects."

The medical examiner removed the woman's body from the home Friday afternoon. She had just moved here from Fiji a month ago to be with her son and grandchildren.

"This is like a big kick in the pants, you know?" said a neighbor named Richard. "If I was in their shoes, I'd feel like running back to Fiji or something."

Kumar is in the hospital with critical injuries and is expected to survive. Kumar's wife and their two children were also in the house at the time asleep.

"I don't know why this happened to them," said friend Shiu Narain. "We never believed that something like this would happen. They are very religious, you know."

Neighbors say this is the second time in two weeks that the children's grandmother and their mother have been robbed.

"It's sad because the mother and grandma were robbed around the corner last week at gunpoint," said neighbor Darnell Jacobs.

That makes neighbors wonder if they were targeted by the same people, though police say there's nothing that would currently indicate that.

Police say the person they are speaking with is not a suspect, but is a person of interest.

The family has been living in the home for about a year after moving to California from Fiji seven years ago. The neighborhood plans to hold a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m.

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