RICHMOND -- Police were searching Wednesday for a 30-year-old woman accused of shooting a teenage boy dead after an argument near a large Richmond housing complex.
Melinda Leketia Gaffney of Richmond is wanted in connection with the Tuesday night killing of 16-year-old Terrance Forks. A $1 million arrest warrant for homicide was issued Wednesday for Gaffney.
Witnesses told police a woman -- later identified by police as Gaffney -- and Terrance knew each other and were arguing before the shooting at the Crescent Park Apartments complex, located on the 3900 block of Fleming Avenue, about a half-mile from Booker T. Anderson Park.
Officers alerted by ShotSpotter and several 911 calls swarmed the scene at about 10:20 p.m. and found Terrance lying in the street shot at least once, but were unable to revive him. Officers later called El Cerrito and San Pablo police for backup to control a growing crowd.
With the help of onlookers who provided a license plate number, a 1999 white Lexus believed to be Gaffney's getaway car was found abandoned Wednesday at an undisclosed location. Gaffney is still at large and is to be considered armed and dangerous, police said.
A $10,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information is urged to call Richmond police at 510-233-1214.
The homicide was the third of the year in the city of Richmond.