A 20-year-old Fairfield man was fatally shot as he sat in a car in the 400 block of Santa Maria Drive this afternoon, Fairfield police said.The victim and two other males were sitting in a white four-door Chevrolet Cavalier at the curb when a white newer model four-door Cadillac occupied by four males approached from behind and pulled alongside the Chevrolet, Detective Cleo Mayoral said.The occupants of the Cadillac got out of the car and walked up to the Chevrolet, Mayoral said. A conversation and a transaction involving money and a plastic bag then took place between the victim and the four men, Mayoral said. One of the four occupants of the Cadillac then fired one shot at close range, striking the driver of the Chevrolet in the chest, Mayoral said.The shooting victim accelerated forward and to the left in an apparent attempt to make a U-turn before the Chevrolet stalled across both lanes of the road, Mayoral said.The two occupants of the Chevrolet ran from the vehicle and the four occupants of the Cadillac drove east toward Santa Clara Street, Mayoral said. Police and paramedics responded around 1:20 p.m. and the driver of the Chevrolet was pronounced dead at the scene, Mayoral said. The victim’s name has not been released but Mayoral said members of his family came to the scene of the homicide.Police closed a three-block area of Santa Maria Drive and canvassed the area for evidence, Mayoral said. Officers secured the scene before students of the nearby Dover Middle School ended school for the day. The school was not locked down, Mayoral said.Police believe the occupants of the vehicle knew each other and suspect the murder occurred during a drug deal, Mayoral said.The victim does not live in the neighborhood of the shooting and police do not know why the shooting happened in the quiet neighborhood in the center of Fairfield, Mayoral said.Police are getting a search warrant for the Chevrolet, Mayoral said.
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