Family argu­ment leads to backyard shooting


A man who was shot and killed in Richmond Monday afternoon was a single father of four whose nephew shot and killed him before turning the gun on himself, police said today.

Jesus Gil, 45, was found shot dead in the backyard of his home in the 1300 block of Mariposa Street around noon Monday, according to a Contra Costa County coroner’s deputy.

Police said a second man, whose name has not been released but who is Gil’s nephew, was found suffering from at least one gunshot wound and was taken to a hospital in grave condition.

He remained in the hospital on life support today. The man appears to have lived with Gil, and was at the victim’s home along with several other family members when an argument broke out, according to police.

Gil, who was a single father following the death of his wife, leaves behind four children, according to Richmond police Capt. Bisa French.

One of the children was at the Mariposa Street home when the shooting occurred, she said. Police said a motive has not been determined for the shooting but that alcohol may have played a role.

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