The Solano County coroner’s office has identified Larry Brandon III as the 20-year-old Fairfield man who was fatally shot as he sat in a car in a quiet neighborhood in the center of the city Thursday afternoon. An autopsy was scheduled for today. Police said the shooting in the 400 block of Santa Maria Drive was not a random crime.Brandon 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 then took place between Brandon and the four men, Mayoral said. One of the four occupants of the Cadillac then fired one shot at close range, striking Brandon in the chest, Mayoral said.Brandon 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 Brandon was pronounced dead at the scene, Mayoral said. 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.Police believe the occupants of the vehicle knew each other and suspect the murder occurred during a drug deal, Mayoral said.Brandon does not live in the area of the shooting and police do not know why the homicide happened in the quiet neighborhood.
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