Fairfield councilman to be taken off life support | TheUnion.com

Fairfield councilman to be taken off life support

FAIRFIELD — A 22-year-old Fairfield city councilman shot in the head was declared brain dead and would be taken off life support, Mayor Harry Price said Tuesday.

An emotional Price said at a news conference that the family of Councilman Matt Garcia had decided to “let him die naturally” at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he was taken with critical injuries after Monday night’s shooting.

Garcia arrived at a friend’s house around 8:30 p.m. and had just stepped out of his car when someone fired several shots. A single bullet struck Garcia in the back of the head, Fairfield Police Chief Kenton Rainey said.

Authorities said they still were trying to determine a motive in the shooting and whether Garcia was specifically targeted.

“We have no motive, no suspects,” Rainey said. “We are very, very early in our investigation.”

One of the youngest elected officials in California, Garcia was just 21 when he was sworn in last fall as a councilman in this city of 105,000, the Solano County seat.

Fairfield officials opened up the City Council’s chambers Tuesday for those seeking grief counseling.

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