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Arrest made in Shell Avenue shooting, stabbing

Guns confiscated during a search of a Shell Avenue residence. (COURTESY / On File)
Guns confiscated during a search of a Shell Avenue residence. (COURTESY / On File)
Martinez Tribune

MARTINEZ, Calif. – One arrest and the seizure of multiple weapons was made after gunfire broke out at a Shell Avenue residence in unincorporated Martinez. The gunfire came moments before local law enforcement was preparing to serve a warrant at the home.

An investigation followed by the CASE (Contra Costa County Anti-Violence Support Effort) team at the residence in the 1300 block of Shell Avenue and officers arrested Randy Pritchett, 26, of Martinez, at the residence. He was found in possession of ammunition, despite being prohibited from owning a firearm. Investigators also say the weapons were not properly registered and may be stolen.

Pritchett, a parolee, is currently being held at the Martinez Detention Facility in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Authorities also served a search warrant at the residence and three rifles and one shotgun were confiscated during the subsequent search.

Tuesday just before 6 p.m., CASE members were positioned around the corner from the Shell Avenue home when they heard a gunshot, which apparently happened in front of the residence where they were going to serve the search warrant.

The officers immediately responded to the front of the home where they found a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound and another male who was suffering from stab wounds. Both victims were treated and taken to a local hospital.

According to comments shared by residents in the area of Shell Avenue and Orchard Lane where the incident occurred, multiple police vans, police tape, and a helicopter were overhead for an hour or two.

Investigators are continuing to look into the case and any link to an earlier shooting and stabbing that occurred in front of the residence just prior to officers’ arrival Tuesday. Suspects in that incident remain outstanding.

Anyone with any information on this case is asked to call the Office of the Sheriff Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600. For any tips, please email: tips@so.cccounty.us or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.

The CASE Team is a joint effort by the Office of the Sheriff, California Department of Justice, California Highway Patrol, Pittsburg Police Department and Walnut Creek Police Department. CASE was created in November 2011 as a collaborative effort to reduce violent crimes in Contra Costa, especially those related to illegal firearms.

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