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Contra Costa DA charges fatal shooting suspect with murder

MARTINEZ — The Contra Costa County District Attorney has charged a 37-year-old Pittsburg man with murder and multiple other charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a store clerk last month, authorities said.

After a hours of deadlock On Wednesday, Pittsburg police arrested Gregory Rossignon on suspicion of murder for the murder of 44-year-old Abdul Raouf, a store clerk who was shot dead on March 22 outside a Modesto apartment that ended in his surrender.

Shortly after 9 p.m. that evening, police responded to a residence following a possible report of a gunshot in the 100 block of Bruno Avenue. About 40 minutes after officers arrived, they heard gunshots about a half mile away in the 1000 block of Power Avenue and learned of a call from a dispatcher about a gunshot at a store.

Other officers came to the store and found Raouf with at least one gunshot wound. Despite the agents’ efforts to rescue him, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rossignon and Jessica Russo, 34, were involved in a scuffle against Bruno shortly before someone fired a gun into the air several times. There were no injuries in that shooting, and the two Pittsburg residents fled.

Investigators later developed information that the two also fled following their involvement in a confrontation with store employees that led to the fatal shooting. According to a post on social media On Wednesday, police said officers learned the woman had been in a disagreement with another shop assistant, and that Rossignon allegedly entered the store shortly afterwards and shot Raouf, who was not involved in the earlier dispute, “for no apparent reason”.

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On Friday, the prosecutor’s office said Rossignon was charged with Raouf’s murder, with a higher charge of intentionally firing a weapon and other special charges linked to previous crimes. Rossignon was also charged with firing a firearm with gross negligence, discouraging a witness with violence or threats, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Last week, the Pittsburgh Police Department took Russo into custody after serving a search warrant after 2 p.m. at a house in the 2000 block of D Street in Antioch. She was booked into the West County Jail under the warrant and held on $1 million bail, according to a check of county records.

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