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Report of Gunshots in El Cerrito – Police Say Apparent Suicide

El Cerrito police swarmed to Richmond and Manila streets this afternoon following a report of gunshots that was classified as a "suicide incident." The two streets were temporarily blocked.

El Cerrito police temporarily off Richmond and Manila streets on Jan. 10, 2014 following a report of gunshots that was later classified as a "suicide incident." Photo credit: Nicole Jones
El Cerrito police temporarily off Richmond and Manila streets on Jan. 10, 2014 following a report of gunshots that was later classified as a "suicide incident." Photo credit: Nicole Jones
By Nicole Jones and Charles Burress

El Cerrito police swarmed to the 1300 block of busy Richmond Street this afternoon, Friday, after a 911 call reported gunshots in the vicinity, police said.

Police Lt. Paul Keith said a death occurred and that the case is being investigated as an apparent suicide.
The 911 call came in shortly before 3:30 p.m., Keith said. Richmond and Manila streets were closed to traffic, and police issued an alert urging residents in the area to remain indoors and asking others to avoid the area.

A follow-up police advisory at 4:12 p.m. said the police action was concluded and the street opened. 

The incident drew at least seven police cars and media helicopters.

Here is the later police advisory:

Police activity in the 1300 block of Richmond St. is concluded. Normal traffic can resume.

The El Cerrito Police responded to a suicide incident in the 1300 block of Richmond St. today. The police response closed off two streets temporarily and generated a response by a police helicopter and media helicopters. The incident is being investigated by the Investigations unit. There is no danger to the public.

Loren January 10, 2014 at 07:27 PM
So what happened?
SteveS January 10, 2014 at 07:30 PM
I saw three helicopters circling the area, and wondered what was up. Still wondering.
Peter5 January 10, 2014 at 07:35 PM
The alert has been lifted and traffic is open again. Apparently it was a suicide-related incident. The headline is misleading- this wasn't that close to EC Plaza BART. Closer to Del Norte BART, actually.
Vanessa Woodford January 10, 2014 at 07:37 PM
Watching the news to try and find out.
Frank Ocean January 10, 2014 at 07:48 PM
Slow news day for the media and as always it is not reported with any accuracy or detail. No where near plaza bart or nothing to do with bart at all. Report facts not hype. Always feel the need to make up more than is really happening. If you had the correct location why bring bart into it....you can alway count on a lack of reporting by the patch.
Andrew Baldock January 10, 2014 at 07:55 PM
What a negative thing to say Frank Ocean..."you can alway count on a lack of reporting by the patch". I'm glad they are there. Early reports were probably misleading. The story has been updated. Thank you Patch for keeping us up-to-date much faster than any other local source.
Charles Burress (Editor) January 10, 2014 at 08:02 PM
Thanks to all our sharp-eyed readers for the comments. The initial Patch report was based on the first police alert, which placed the incident at Richmond and Elm streets, a location near El Cerrito Plaza BART. The police information and our story were later updated with correct information. We appreciate readers alerting us to any errors.
Loren January 10, 2014 at 10:43 PM
Thanks EL Cerrito patch I was driving through it just as it was blocked off , picking up my child from El Cerrito High School. We saw the helicopters and wondered what was up and then saw the street blocked off. My daughter looked up the El Cerrito Patch via her cell, to see what was up and we were able to go around with out much trouble.
Frank Ocean January 11, 2014 at 10:39 AM
Not negative Andrew it was the truth...Plaza bart is not near richmond and elm street. Nor was there any link to bart...report what you know. Don't guess or make it up...
Patty Enrado January 11, 2014 at 11:10 AM
Richmond and Elm streets are parallel, so based on that initial report, it could have been anywhere along that long stretch. Patch reported per first police alert, so it was actually the police who erred. Thanks Patch for the reporting from initial to conclusion.
Jeff Lichtman January 11, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Elm Street makes a turn and intersects Richmond Street one block from Central Avenue, which puts it very close to Plaza BART.
Patty Enrado January 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Actually Elm Street dead ends at the BART parking lot. That short street is Willow Street, which intersects with Richmond Street.
Ellen January 12, 2014 at 01:13 AM
BART was originally mentioned because, based on information obtained from the police, that's near where the incident happened, and might mean more to people than an intersection or address. Frank, I'm curious: if you dislike the Patch so much, why do you read it?
Lisa Meniketti January 12, 2014 at 02:09 PM
Actually, Richmond and Elm meet at the Del Norte end of El Cerrito- Look at a map where Blake meets Elm and Elm swoops up to become Richmond St. The police probably had to locate based on a cell phone call. That gunshot was my father, a 50 year EC resident, ending his life after suffering miserably with incurable form of cancer. I am sorry it caused trouble for the neighborhood, and I am sorry he is gone.
Frank Ocean January 12, 2014 at 02:15 PM
Because I love to read how misinformed people are. The 1300 block of Richmond is not near plaza bart. The bart station is in the 400 block. I have nothing against the patch at all its more about the lack of information that's in it.
Patty Enrado January 12, 2014 at 02:25 PM
Lisa, you shouldn't have to apologize for the impact on the neighborhood. I am so sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.
Ellen January 12, 2014 at 03:10 PM
Oh, Lisa, how I wish things had ended up differently for you and your family. Please don't let ANYTHING that is posted here make you think for a second that you should apologize for anything. We are the ones who should be apologizing to you for arguing over piddling things while good people are grieving. When someone decides to take their own life it's only after a great deal of suffering, and it sounds like your dad had more than his share. Please accept my condolences.
Ellen January 12, 2014 at 03:11 PM
And Frank Ocean: you are a sorry old curmudgeon. People like you who take glee out of stirring up dirt have no place in my life. I am sorry for the way you seem to have decided to look at things, for you will always see the dying flowers. I prefer to see the ripening fruit.
Charles Burress (Editor) January 12, 2014 at 03:33 PM
To Lisa Meniketti, on behalf of Patch I would like to extend our condolences on your loss and our regret that your father's tragic death was compounded by community publicity.
Jeff Lichtman January 12, 2014 at 04:38 PM
Lisa, I'm so sorry about what happened to your father. I agree with Patty and Ellen that you have nothing to apologize for. One bit of advice - when thinking of your father, remember his whole life and not just how it ended.
Alexandra Pangelina Ramirez January 13, 2014 at 12:26 AM
Lisa I am truly sorry for your loss and a great one it is .. Your father is a wonderful man who will truly and dearly be missed . He loves his family dearly . He was a great best friend to me . Someone who I will forever adore . I will carry him in my heart forever . My thoughts and prayers to you and his whole family . I know your heart is breaking as well as his love ones . He is an angel home . Please during this time of great sorrow . Hold the great memories he left with you and your family. Rest in paradise my dearest friend .our love to you and your family .
Lisa Meniketti January 14, 2014 at 01:37 AM
Thank you all for your kind words. I'll post a remembrance of my dad in the patch separately.
Tangerine ponchione January 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM
Thank you to all the people that has given the family there condolences. it is very much appreciated. Yes Jeff I agree, we have and will continue to look at the wonderful life that Cary has given us. We miss him dearly. Thank you Alex, HES A WONDERFUL DAD and miss him dearly.


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