Man shot at Fairfield bus stop

FAIRFIELD – Police arrested a 16 year old suspected of shooting a man at a Fairfield bus stop Thursday afternoon.

The shooting happened at the bus stop in the 1100 block of Tabor Avenue near Bristol Lane around 2 p.m. just outside of the Signature at Fairfield Apartments. Karen Andrade lives in the apartment complex. The sound of gunfire jolted her from her afternoon nap.

"Three shots were fired outside my window," Andrade said.

"I rolled out of bed and looked out the window, and he was leaning over himself screaming 'help me help me, help me,'" Andrade recalled.

Before police got on scene, people rushed to try to save his life.

"I immediately took off my shirt and started pressing so we could stop the bleeding," Zackery Wheeler explained.

Wheeler works with special needs clients in the complex. He ran over fearing it was someone he knew who'd been shot.

"It traumatized me," Wheeler said. "I'm very upset."

Police said that man is in critical condition.

It's unknown what sparked the shooting. Police are investigating all angles, including a possible fight at the nearby 7-Eleven.

Neighbors are also hoping the brazen crime was caught on camera. They're in disbelief that someone would fire shots in broad daylight, with an elementary school right around the corner. The gunshots were dangerously close to hurting more people.

"Two shots went into the neighbors, the bedroom next door to me," Andrade explained.

Andrade said the family wasn't hurt, but they're extremely shaken up. They were in the living room at the time, just feet from where the bullets shattered their bedroom window.

Wheeler said the shooting is a wake-up call.

"It's all about us changing our community and take over because this is totally unacceptable," Wheeler added.

Shortly after the shooting, Fairfield police located the suspect vehicle and stopped the car on Peabody Road, near Solano State Prison. Authorities found two loaded handguns in the car. Police arrested the driver, a 16 year old from Vacaville, for the shooting at the bus stop.

Police initially believed there were two victims hurt at the bus stop, one of whom took himself to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury. Police later clarified the information and revealed that the 16 year old suspect had dropped off a friend at Northbay Medical Center with a gunshot wound before the shooting at the bus stop. That person was identified as Michael Ovando, 18, of Vacaville. Ovando suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was listed in stable condition.

The juvenile shooting suspect has prior law enforcement related contacts and is currently on probation. The suspect was booked into Juvenile Hall for attempted homicide, armed in the commission of a felony while causing great bodily injury, shooting at an inhabited dwelling and probation violation.

Ovando has prior law enforcement related contacts as well.


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