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Posted: 7:55 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2013
By Alex Savidge/KTVU
VALLEJO, Calif. —
An 18-year-old was fatally shot in the neck Sunday night, the 18th homicide of the year as gang violence continued to escalate in Vallejo, authorities said.
While neighbors told KTVU they thought the murder was gang-related, Vallejo police Lt. Kevin Bartlett could not confirm it although he admitted gang violence was on the rise.
“There’s been a lot of violence associated with gangs in Vallejo recently,” he said. “It’s been a violent year.”
Bartlett said the teen was targeted in the 7:07 pm, shooting in the 1300 block of Santa Clara Street.
Witnesses told police the victim was shot several times while outside and then ran onto the walkway of a nearby apartment where he collapsed. He was declared dead at the scene.
The gunman or gunmen unleashed a deadly volley that left bullet holes in a windshield and a nearby building.
Paul Thompson is a local resident who said violence has been on the rise in the neighborhood.
“It’s real bad around here right now,” he told KTVU.
Thompson heard the shoots and came outside and found the victim crumpled on the ground.
“I walked outside and looked at him,” he said. “He had blood everywhere. There was nothing we could do except get the police.”
Police had not released the dead man’s identity or any description of a suspect.
Bartlett said investigators were questioning witnesses and following up on leads.
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