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Lincoln Plair (Courtesy of Pogo Park)

RICHMOND -- As word spread Wednesday afternoon that authorities had charged three suspects in the slaying of a popular resident, community members were "ecstatic," according to one friend of the victim.

Police announced that three gang members -- already in custody for more than a week on unrelated charges -- had been charged in the shooting death of 21-year-old Lincoln Plair.

Plair was gunned down in the middle of the afternoon of March 4 on Sixth Street in the heart of the city's Iron Triangle. A maintenance worker at a local park and caregiver for his grandfather, Plair was apparently in the wrong place at the wrong time, police said.

Police said that James Green, 18; Derrick Cooper, 19; and Antwone Johnson, 19, all of Richmond and members of a North Richmond gang, were seeking retaliation after a fight between their gang and their rivals. Heading into the Iron Triangle, they picked the first person they saw, walked to him and opened fire, riddling Plair's body with bullets.

Green, Cooper and Johnson were already in custody at the Martinez Detention Facility when the Contra Costa District Attorney's office filed charges of first-degree murder with a gang enhancement against all three on June 3.

Green is being held in lieu of $1.1 million bail, Johnson is being held in lieu of $1.84 million bail, and Cooper has been denied bail, according to jail records.

A court date has yet to be scheduled for the three teens.

Plair's death was the city's second homicide in 2013. There were 10 homicides in the city as of June 5.

Contact Katie Nelson at 925-945-4782 or follow her at Twitter.com/katienelson210.