As many as ten persons appear to have been hit and seriously wounded after a suspect reportedly armed with a MAC10 machine pistol sprayed a home on Lucille Way in Orinda Thursday night. Four people are believed to have been killed.
Police from all three Lamorinda agencies and beyond descended on the residence at around 10:45 p.m. Thursday after neighbors reported hearing “fireworks” and others reported seeing a person firing a gun at partygoers.
Multiple casualties – male and female – were reportedly down in various conditions throughout the residence. Initial reports are that others may have been injured attempting to flee the house after gunfire erupted. Initial reports could not be immediately confirmed with law enforcement, who were busy dealing with the panicky aftermath of the incident.
On Friday, the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff identified those killed at the party as: 22-year-old Tiyon Farley of Antioch, 24-year-old Omar Taylor of Pittsburg, 23-year-old Ramon Hill Jr. of San Francisco/Oakland and 29-year-old Javin County of Sausalito/Richmond.
Friends and family said Taylor was DJing at the party.
Several other victims were transported to local hospitals by ambulance, according to a sheriff’s spokesman, while some victims transported themselves to the hospital. The injured suffered from gunshot wounds and injuries sustained while fleeing the scene.
The Sheriff’s Office Forensic Services Division Crime Lab responded to the home to process the scene and recovered two firearms of unknown description found at the residence. The Crime Lab is analyzing the weapons to determine if they were used in the shooting or any other crimes, according to the sheriff’s office. Numerous shell casings found at the scene are also being processed and analyzed by the Crime Lab.
Witnesses reportedly saw a heavy-set black male in an orange hoodie firing a MAC10 machine pistol into the partygoers – four of whom were reported down inside the home’s kitchen.
Video taken inside the residence up to the moment at least two shots can clearly be heard ringing out captured a boisterous event with dozens of people in costume dancing and smoking. The video’s maker set the time the gunfire erupted at 10:48 p.m and titled his video: “Party all shot up.”
A car associated with the gunman was reportedly seen fleeing through the Caldecott Tunnel shortly after the shooting.
The home at 114 Lucille Way was currently being sealed off as a crime scene by police (11:17 p.m.) Six ambulances were summoned to the home and police and medical crews attempted to deal with the large number of dead and wounded.
The hosts of the party had rented out the house using Airbnb, the home’s owner told the San Francisco Chronicle. The Halloween Night shooting is the second violent incident involving an Airbnb home being used as a party location in Orinda.
On Feb. 13, 2016, a 21-year-old Chabot College student was severely beaten at a party on Camino Encinas in the city. The victim in that case suffered traumatic brain injuries and was subsequently flown back to his home in Florida. A suspect in that case, Falealea Tytus Maka, 21, was taken into custody by members of the US Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force and the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Warrant Service Unit.
A chaotic scene ensued in the moments after gunfire broke out, neighbors said, with “hundreds” of party-goers attempting to flee the area. Several people were injured jumping from the second-story patios and windows of the home when the shooting started – approaching deputies with various injuries after police moved in.
Reports of additional people turning up at other local hospitals with gunshot wounds could not be immediately confirmed, though two people believed to have been suffering from gunshot wounds and a third person believed injured while fleeing the home turned up later at Highland Hospital in Oakland.
An air ambulance was called to the crime scene to help with casualty evacuation, with at least one landing at Wilder Sports Field to help with extrication, while others maintained overwatch positions above the scene.