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Richmond’s Shooting Victim Dies At Hospital; City’s 2nd Homicide Of 2014

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Police at the scene of a fatal shooting in Richmond in  the area of South 35th Street and Wall Avenue.

Police at the scene of a fatal shooting in Richmond in the area of South 35th Street and Wall Avenue.

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RICHMOND (CBS SF) — A man shot in Richmond Friday night died at a hospital early Saturday morning, becoming the city’s second homicide victim both this week and this year, a police sergeant said.

Officers responded at about 10 p.m. to reports of a shooting in the area of South 35th Street and Wall Avenue and found the victim, later identified as Clarence Wesley Celestine Jr., suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

Celestine, a 24-year-old Richmond resident, was transported to John Muir Medical Center in critical condition.

At about 2:45 a.m., police were notified that Celestine had died at the hospital, according to Abetkov.

A dark-colored Acura or similar type vehicle was seen leaving the area, but police haven’t determined whether this was a drive-by shooting, Abetkov said.

Anyone with information about the crime is urged to contact the Richmond Police Department. Calls may be made anonymously to 232-TIPS, or those with information may also call Detective Chris Decious at (510) 621-1747.

The homicide is the second in Richmond this week, and second in the city this year as well. The first occurred just before 10 p.m. Thursday in the area of South Fourth Street and Florida Avenue.

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