General Crime

* Lawrence Gadlin, Gerald Jackson Jr and Tony Albert identified as triple murder in Richmond

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Investigators recovered a minivan in Richmond today they believe was used in a triple homicide Thursday night in unincorporated North Richmond, a Contra Costa County sheriff’s captain said.Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 1700 block of Truman Street at about 9 p.m. after receiving reports of gunfire.When they arrived, deputies found four victims who had been shot. Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene and two were transported to local hospitals, where one died. The other victim was treated and released.The three people who were killed have been identified as 23-year-old Berkeley resident Lawrence Gadlin, 34-year-old Richmond resident Gerald Jackson, Jr. and 51-year-old North Richmond resident Tony Albert, according to Contra Costa County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Warne.The four men had been working to repair a car when a red minivan with dark tinted windows drove past them and two males inside began shooting at them, Warne said.The victims were each struck multiple times by bullets from at least two different guns.Warne said investigators were looking into whether the shooting could have been retaliation for a shooting in the area earlier Thursday. Nobody was hurt in the earlier shooting and investigators have not determined whether the two events are connected. Investigators were also looking into whether the shooting was gang-related, Warne said. They also have not determined whether any of the victims were targeted or whether the shooting was random.Although North Richmond has a reputation for problems with violence, Warne said there hasn’t been a shooting with so many victims since the late 1990s when four people were killed.Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the sheriff’s dispatch center at (925) 646-2441.

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