Pretty sad, he was the youngest person elected to the Fairfield City Council

Quote Originally Posted by Elyce Kirchner
Cops: Councilman Running From Gunman When Shot
Elyce Kirchner
FAIRFIELD (CBS13/AP) ― Fairfield Police say it appears that Matt Garcia may have seen the gunman and was running away from him when he was fatally shot in the back of the head.

Today, the 22-year-old Fairfield city councilman died after being taken off life support, according to Fairfield Mayor Harry Price. And this afternoon, Gov. Schwarzenegger issued a $50,000 reward in the case.

Council Matt Garcia had been on life support at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek since being shot last night as he stood in the drive-way at a friend's house in Cordelia. Police say they believe one person fired several shots hitting Garcia in the back of the head.

Police are asking for the public's help in the investigation. They want anyone with information about the shooting to call Fairfield police.

"We have no motive, no suspects. We are very, very early in our investigation," said Fairfield Police chief Kenton Rainey. Rainey also said Garcia campaigned against youth violence and was making a difference in the community.

This afternoon, Gov. Schwarzenegger issued a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the case.

Garcia was just 21 when he was sworn in last fall as a councilman in this city of 105,000, the Solano County seat.
"Last week we had lunch with John McCain. John McCain came up to Councilman Garcia, shook his hand and said 'You are the vision for the future.' The future did not include getting gunned down when you're 22-years-old," fellow Councilmen Chuck Timm said.

Meanwhile, Fairfield officials have opened up the City Council's chambers for those seeking grief counseling.

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