NORTH RICHMOND -- A person killed Saturday night in North Richmond has been identified as a 23-year-old man who had lost two brothers to fatal shootings, including one who was killed in Pinole last month.

The fatal shooting of Nelson Earl Hamilton III was the second homicide this year in the unincorporated area, authorities said.

Hamilton was shot along with three others at about 10 p.m. in front of a home in the 1600 block of First Street, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office. When authorities arrived, they found two people shot and were told two other men had been driven to Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo.

Hamilton was later taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he died. The three others are expected to survive, authorities said. No arrests have been made.

Two of Hamilton's older brothers were also shot and killed in West Contra Costa County.

On Feb. 2, 30-year-old Earl Hamilton Jr. was shot several times in the driveway of the Green Lantern Bar in Pinole just after midnight. In November 2011, Marquis Hamilton, was shot and killed about seven blocks from Saturday's shooting scene. The two cases remain unsolved.

With two homicides so far this year, North Richmond has already reached the total number of homicides the community had in all of 2013. Derrick Cooper, 38, was shot Feb. 27 and died the next day.


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