The car used by the gunman who shot and killed a homeless man outside a Richmond church and wounded four other people was recovered Monday, police said as city and community leaders gathered at the house of worship to condemn the violence.
The red Chevy Monte Carlo was spotted parked on the 1600 block of Giaramita Street in unincorporated North Richmond at about 2 p.m. by Contra Costa sheriff’s Deputy Matt Foley, said Richmond police Sgt. Mitch Peixoto. The car had been taken during a carjacking in Oakland, police said.
Investigators are still searching for the shooter, who they believe is responsible for separate shootings just one minute apart. Richmond police are offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to charges in Carter’s slaying.
The gunman first opened fire at about 7:30 a.m. a block away from the church at South Fourth Street and Maine Avenue. There, Willie Jasper, 49, said he was shot in the left foot as he rode his 10-speed bike, and a second man was shot and wounded. Police believe one of the men was the intended target.
The gunman then drove to the church and opened fire again, killing Carter and wounding two other homeless men, police said. The motive was unclear, but Police Chief Chris Magnus said the second shooting “may have happened simply because a group of men were out standing here, waiting for breakfast, waiting to worship, when the shooter drove by.”
The car was found just a block from where Frankie Thompson, 25, of Castro Valley was found shot and killed at about 3:45 a.m. Sunday. No arrests have been made in Thompson’s killing, said Jimmy Lee, spokesman for the Contra Costa sheriff’s office, which patrols North Richmond.