Danville Teen Shot and Killed on Front Porch

Was to graduate in June

A 17-year-old Danville boy died this morning after being shot on his family's front porch last night, according to Danville police Chief Chris Wenzel.
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911 calls came pouring in last night after people in a normally quiet Danville neighborhood heard a gunshot.

Teen Shot in Danville

Wenzel declined to comment on a motive for the shooting death of Rylan Fuchs, but said police believe the people who killed Fuchs knew him.

"We are confident that this was not a random act," he said during a news conference in front of the Police Department.

Fuchs was a senior at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville and was scheduled to graduate in June, according to San Ramon Valley Unified  School District spokesman Terry Koehne.

Wenzel said police received a 911 call around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday that there was a single gunshot at the home of Fuchs' family in the 1000  block of El Capitan Drive.

He said Fuchs was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he was pronounced dead at 5:20 a.m. today. The chief said an  autopsy hasn't been completed, but it appears that Fuchs died from a gunshot  wound to his throat.

Wenzel said 10 detectives from the Danville Police Department and the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office are investigating the case.

He said the incident is Danville's first homicide since January 2007 and the town didn't have any homicides in 2008.

"This is a relatively safe community and violent crime is almost nonexistent," he said.

Koehne said crisis counselors are on the high school campus today to comfort students.

"The kids are obviously emotional," he said.

Koehne said Fuchs "was relatively quiet yet was well-known on campus."

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