September 2, 2014 > Police Arrest Suspect in Shooting
Police Arrest Suspect in Shooting
Submitted By San Leandro PD
Detectives have been investigating a shooting that occurred in San Leandro on Friday, August 18th, in which one man sustained a gunshot wound to his upper body. So far, four handguns, six pounds of marijuana and $16,000 in counterfeit US currency have been recovered. The following is a summary of the investigation:
Friday, September 28, 2014 at 9:00 p.m., officers responded to the area of MacArthur Blvd. and Durant Ave. to investigate reports of gunshots being fired. Officers checked that area, and were unable to find any evidence.
Officers began to drive south on MacArthur Blvd., searching for suspects and victims. Minutes later, they heard gunshots on Grand Ave. in the area of the I-580 off-ramp for Estudillo Ave.
Officers came upon a sedan that had collided with the cement wall in front of the gas station. A 27 year old male was found near the vehicle, suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The vehicle had also been struck by bullets. The man claimed that he and the driver had been chased by suspects in another vehicle, who were shooting at them for an unknown reason.
Officers searched the interior of the sedan and found two semi-automatic handguns and a large sum of counterfeit US currency inside. The man, whose name is not being released at this time, was treated at a local hospital for his gunshot wound and then arrested by police for possession of the firearms in the vehicle and possession of the counterfeit money. The driver has not yet been identified.
A resident saw the sedan being chased by another vehicle and knew that the activity was suspicious. He recorded the license plate number of the vehicle chasing the sedan and provided a description of that vehicle and its license plate to police.
Detectives conducted surveillance at the registered ownerÕs East Bay home, but later learned that he had recently moved to an unknown location.
On Thursday afternoon, undercover detectives assigned to the SLPDÕs Crime Suppression Unit spotted the suspect vehicle driving on I-580, near the Estudillo Ave. exit. They followed the vehicle to an apartment complex located in the 3000 block of Pleitner Ave. in Oakland, where they saw a male matching the description of the shooting suspect get out of the car and enter a nearby apartment.
A short time later, the man exited the apartment and returned to the vehicle, where he was detained by SLPD officers. He has been identified as a 29 year old Oakland resident. Police are not releasing his name at this time, as the investigation is continuing.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for the manÕs apartment and recovered two handguns, six pounds of marijuana and a large sum of counterfeit US currency. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, possession of marijuana for sale, and possession of the counterfeit money.
Detectives are continuing their investigation and believe that this was an isolated incident in which the suspect and victims knew each other. They have not yet established a motive for the shooting, but believe it may be related to drug trafficking and counterfeit money.
ÒWithout Ôthe police workÕ done by the resident who wrote down the license plate of the suspect vehicle responsible for shooting the victim, thereÕs a likelihood that this case would have gone unsolved. That pertinent information closed the loop for our investigators and led to the recovery of two firearms, counterfeit money and drugs Ð all of which would have had a negative impact on our community,Ó said Lt. Robert McManus.
Police are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the two cars chasing each other or saw the shooting to please contact them. Police are also searching for surveillance video that may have captured the chase or shooting.
Please contact the San Leandro Police DepartmentÕs Criminal Investigation Division with any information regarding this case or any other case at (510) 577-3230.
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