Man wins $1.3 million from scratch ticket
If there ever was a time to be running out of gas, this was it.
His car running on fumes, Gaurav Sharma pulled into a Fremont gas station to fill up. When the pump required him to go inside to get his receipt, he purchased a lottery ticket. He'll probably never have to worry about gas money again.
The 34-year-old Fremont real estate agent scratched the first box of the ticket, and it said "Life," making him an eventual million-dollar man, according to the California Lottery.
The winning Lucky for Life ticket will earn Sharma $1,000 a week for the next 25 years, adding up to $1.3 million by 2038, according to lottery officials.
Sharma, who declined an interview with this newspaper, told lottery officials his 8-year-old son reminded him that the warning light on the family car's fuel gauge was alight so he stopped at the Circle K at 34867 Ardenwood Blvd.
-- David DeBolt, Staff
Two women injured in explosion at beach
Two women were injured Sunday afternoon when an aerosol can near a lit barbecue exploded at an Alameda beach, fire officials said.
Fire crews responded to Robert Crown Memorial State Beach in the 600 block of Westline Drive at 1:38 p.m. after receiving reports of people injured, said Alameda Fire Department Capt. James Colburn.
Authorities found two women, ages 67 and 45, suffering from what Colburn described as traumatic injuries.
The women were taken by an air ambulance helicopter to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, according to Colburn.
The 67-year-old is in stable condition, and the 45-year-old was treated and released from the hospital, he said. No one else was injured.
-- David DeBolt, Staff
Mother, son escape burning Victorian
A mother and son escaped a two-alarm fire at a Victorian home in East Oakland on Monday morning, a fire official said.
The blaze erupted about 8:45 a.m. and caused at least $50,000 damage to the three-story wooden structure in the 1600 block of 12th Avenue. The woman and her son were able to get out on their own before firefighters arrived.
It took 25 firefighters until about 9:05 a.m. to bring the smoky blaze under control. No firefighters were injured.
Oakland Fire Department Lt. Scott Hellige said the fire started in the rear basement area. The son tried to put it out with a garden hose but failed and left the home.
A second alarm sounded to keep the fire from spreading, Hellige said.
It was not known immediately where the residents would be housed, but it appeared they might stay with relatives.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
Rapper shot, listed in critical condition
A rapper shot several times Saturday night in East Oakland by someone who told him to stop filming a video remained in critical condition Monday.
Police confirmed that Amir Rashad, 33, who performs under the name Kafani, was the man shot about 11:35 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Seminary Avenue and Foothill Boulevard.
Police said Rashad was part of a group filming a rap video when a man approached and told them they shouldn't be filming there. As they were in the process of leaving, the man shot Rashad several times, authorities said.
His friends drove him to a hospital, where he underwent surgery.
Rashad is based in Oakland and is the founder of the group Babyface Assassins, according to his official website. In November 2011, police said Rashad was at the scene of a West Oakland incident in which eight people were shot, including 23-month-old Hiram Lawrence Jr., who later died.
A van belonging to the rapper was riddled with gunshots, police said at the time.
The day of that shooting, the toddler's father, producer Hiram Lawrence Sr., was shooting a music video with two fellow rappers that disrespected a gang from the Acorn public housing project, according to court testimony in April.
-- Harry Harris and David DeBolt, Staff
Police investigate two fatal shootings
Two fatal shootings, separated by one block and 18 hours in an unincorporated part of Contra Costa County near 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 about 2 p.m. Friday near 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. The coroner's office 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 the unincorporated part of the county near north Richmond will lead to incidents in the city of Richmond or other neighboring communities.
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.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff