Teenage boy dies from injuries in Danville shooting

Authorities are investigating the death of a teenage boy, who was found Tuesday evening with a fatal gunshot wound to his neck.

The Contra Costa Times reports that police are investigating the shooting and have not yet released a motive for the attack, which occurred around 9 p.m. near the intersection of El Capitan and Borica drives.

The Times says officers were called to a home at about 9:15 and found the victim lying in front of the home with a gunshot wound to his throat.

Midmorning Update: The boy was 17-year-old Rylan Fuchs, and sources say he was “murdered” in front of his home. Danville police have scheduled a press conference for 10 a.m. to provide more details about the shooting.

“I love you so much. Rest in peace. Miss you already,” a friend wrote this morning on Fuchs’ Facebook page. In his profile, Fuchs said he was looking for “a relationship,” and liked basketball, music, hip hop, rap, and reggae.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Fuchs was a senior at San Ramon Valley High in Danville and would have graduated in June.

And more: If you’ve been listening to the radio, watch TV, or checking the websites for the Contra Costa Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Danville Weekly this afternoon, you probably know that police don’t consider Fuchs’ death a random act and that he knew his killer.

Fuchs was killed in an altercation on the porch outside his home, about an hour after he arrived home and minutes after he went into the family computer room. His stepfather, Ron Harmon, told the media that he didn’t even know that Rylan was outside. He, Rylan’s mother, and Rylan’s 9-year-old brother were inside watching television when they heard a “pop.”

Ron Harmon told the Chronicle:

“I go, ‘Who’s messing with the door?’ and I opened the door and he fell into my arms,” Harmon said. As Harmon tried to staunch the bleeding from Fuchs’ neck, the boy’s mother, Karen Fuchs-Williams, called 911. …

Harmon said he and police saw that a screen had been removed from a window to Fuchs’ room. He said he had later learned from Fuchs’ friends that the teenager had routinely used it as an “escape route.”

One thought on “Teenage boy dies from injuries in Danville shooting

  1. It’s very simple. Danville is a town of more than 40,000 and doesn’t have a single cold-blooded killing in decades. We bring in a dozen or so hoodies from Richmond and one of them turns out to be a cold-blooded murderer. The stats are in- group homes are bullshit. GOD BLESS RYLAN! For those of you who want to hold your noses high at us for wanting to live in a safe neighborhood, go fuck yourselves. My child’s worth more than you. I’ll fucking kill people if they endanger my child. You have a problem with that, you can take it up with my fist.

    PS. the Danville Weekly did an article saying Rylan deserved to die for selling pot. It’s been taken off the internet for obvious reasons, but that just shows that the adults in charge don’t give a damn about our kids.


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