RICHMOND -- Two fatal shootings, separated by one block and 18 hours in an unincorporated part of Contra Costa County in North Richmond last week, caught the attention of those assigned with monitoring street violence.
But whether they mark the onset of an upcoming storm remains another matter entirely. "Sometimes violence like that will lead to things," Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said. "Sometimes, it does not."
The second victim, identified Monday as 20-year-old Antonio Tavares Solomon Jr., of Richmond, was shot and killed around 2:02 p.m. on Friday in the area of West Grove Avenue and First Street. He was found lying in the street, having been shot several times
Contra Costa Sheriff's Office officials have not said whether they believe that shooting was connected to one that happened at 9:38 p.m. on Thursday in the first block of Silver Avenue. That victim, 30-year-old Rylando Matlock, died Friday morning at a hospital, and coroner's deputies could not confirm his city of residence.
Neither killing has been classified as a byproduct of gang violence, and Abetkov said it's always hazy determining whether violence in North Richmond in the unincorporated part of the county will lead to incidents in the city of Richmond or other neighboring communities.
That said, the two shootings did not go unnoticed.
"Our gang intelligence guys will have their ears out, definitely," Abetkov said Monday. "But they have not put out there that there's anything going on that's out of the ordinary."
Sheriff's Office spokesman Jimmy Lee said Monday that there have been no new developments in either case, and that sheriff's deputies have no suspects or motives.
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