Concord man wanted for shooting 8-year-old boy injured in shootout with police

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Concord man wanted for shooting 8-year-old boy injured in shootout with police

The Concord man who was wanted by police for shooting an 8-year-old boy is in critical condition after suffering injuries during an officer-involved shooting in Fairfield on Monday, authorities confirmed.

James Jarrard, a 32-year-old resident of Concord, Jarrard, had been had been evading officers all weekend. He was wanted for allegedly gunning down a boy in a drive-by shooting in North Concord.

The officer-involved shooting occurred in the Lowe’s Home Improvement hardware store’s parking lot. The hardware store is situated in the 3400 block of North Texas.

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Cpl. Christopher Blakeley told reporters, “There were some children that he was playing with and also someone else present, it’s unknown if the shooter targeted the child or an adult. Our major crimes unit is on scene and they’re interviewing family members to see if this was random or targeted.”

Sarah Barela, the victim’s mother, thanked the person who led officers to the suspect on Monday. She also thanked the Concord and Fairfield police departments, saying they put a smile on her wounded son’s face.

Meawhile, police urged anyone with any information relevant to the shooting incident to immediately call investigators at (925) 671-5074.

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