Man killed in Richmond near Stop and Shop Market; 4th homicide of 2018

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After a peaceful start to 2018, Richmond is reporting is its fourth homicide in three weeks. 

The death of 21-year-old Joseph Alexander of Pittsburg was reported just before midnight Friday on Carlson Boulevard near Interstate Highway 580, according to Lt. Felix Tan. A second victim, an Oakland man, was also shot. He was taken to the hospital and released, Tan said.

"It's a little too early to determine whether or not is connected to any of them. The motive is still yet to be determined," Tan said.

Detectives Alexander was walking out of the Stop and Shop Market when the suspect began shooting at him. Tan said the suspect then ran away on foot.  

For nearly five months, Richmond had no killings. It was the longest stretch without a homicide that city officials can remember in 40 years. 

With an increase in gun violence in Richmond KTVU's "Barbershop Forum" will host a conversation at Kennedy High School on May 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.