RICHMOND -- Police have arrested in a suspect in a June 28 shooting that critically wounded a 10-year-old boy.
Christian Chappell, 20, of Richmond, was arrested Friday in Pittsburg, according to Richmond police Detective Nicole Abetkov. Chappell was on probation for earlier weapons violations and already wanted on an outstanding warrant, Abetkov added.
"We are thrilled to have this guy in custody," said Richmond police Capt. Mark Gagan. "The crime shocked people in the community and within the police department.
"It was a blatant, brutal shooting in broad daylight that showed total disregard for the innocent people and children who were in harm's way."
The victim was struck by a stray bullet when the shooter, who was riding a bicycle, fired multiple rounds at a car traveling east near the intersection of South 15th Street and Maine Avenue around 2:30 p.m. The boy was struck in the back and seriously wounded, prompting responding police to drive him to a hospital in their squad car rather than wait for an ambulance.
The boy is now recovering at home, Abetkov said. Detectives met with the family after the arrest was made. "Obviously they're pleased," she said, noting that the victim is a "smart little boy."
"It is definitely a huge relief," Abetkov said. "It's very disheartening to us, along with the people in the community, to have this happen in broad daylight, and it's a good feeling for us to know that we were able
Chappell is in custody at County Jail in Martinez on suspicion of assault with a firearm, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, child cruelty with the possibility of injury or death, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Bail is set at $450,000, a jail employee said.
Chappell is also serving a sentence for a work program release violation from a previous offense.
Police were led to Chappell by several tips from residents in the area after the shooting, Abetkov said. Detectives are still investigating the shooting; anyone with further information is asked to call Detective Jason Wentz at 510-621-1259.
Staff writer Robert Rogers contributed to this report. Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.