Gunshot Victims at Albany Community Center

Two men who were wounded Wednesday afternoon when their vehicle was shot at in the Richmond Annex stopped at the Albany Community Center, police said. They were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Several Albany police cars converged Wednesday afternoon on the Community Center where two men had stopped after being wounded by gunfire in their vehicle in the Richmond Annex, according to police.

The two men and a woman were in their vehicle in the 1500 block of Carlson Boulevard just before the entrance to Interstate 80 at about 1:45 p.m. when someone in a gray vehicle shot at them, said Richmond Police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov.

The victims' vehicle continued onto the freeway and then exited in Albany, stopping at Marin and Masonic avenues, Abetkov said.

Albany Police Lt. John Geissberger said police were alerted to the vehicle by someone who called it in. After arriving on the scene, Albany police contacted Richmond police, who arrived and took over the investigation, he said.

Richmond police got the call from Albany police about 2:15 p.m., Abetkov said.

The two wounded men, whose injuries were not life-threatening, had already been transported to a hospital when Richmond police arrived, Abetkov said.

Richmond police are investigating the case and did not have other details to release, she said.


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Alan Eckert January 23, 2014 at 09:26 PM
That headline is highly misleading. I understand that it is literally and technically true, but I imagine most will think they were shot at the community center, not just arrived.
Margaret Tong January 23, 2014 at 10:29 PM
You are correct, Alan. And I wonder why the people who were shot arrived at the library? Were they they going to look up information for their wounds?
Eric Chou January 24, 2014 at 09:56 AM
I wonder if the Patch asked the Albany police to provide more detail for this lamentably sketchy report. What I saw at the Community Center, on my way to Cornell afterschool pickup, was a green GM model 4dr sedan with 4-5 large caliber bulletholes in both driver-side doors, with the rear window and the rear driver's side window both shattered/shot through. It looked like a pretty horrific shooting from behind the vehicle (perhaps the driver of the other car in a fit of road rage?) as this wasn't a simple one shot and run off. Given that, I'm dissapointed/surprised it took this long to report and there's also no request for info from and contact information for anyone who might have seen the actual altercation take place in Richmond or what might have led up to this...
Charles Burress January 24, 2014 at 08:29 PM
To Eric Chou, many thanks for that eye-witness account, which adds valuable details. I did ask Albany police for information and reported what I was provided. Albany police referred me to Richmond police for more information, and the article includes what Richmond police told me. My questions included what might have led up to it, and Sgt. Abetkov, who is the department's press representative, said that was still under investigation. I'm sure that Richmond police would welcome hearing from anyone who saw the shooting or has more information about it. Their number is 510-233-1214. Thanks again for adding more information to the story.


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