Police said they don’t yet know the motive for a double homicide this morning outside a Hayward auto auction company, although a company spokeswoman said the deaths occurred during a robbery.No suspects have been arrested in connection with the killings outside Bay Cities Auto Auction, located at 1901 Addison Way.”It is with deep sadness that we can confirm that one of our employees was killed during the robbery,” said Lois Rossi, spokeswoman for Manheim, the company that owns Bay Cities Auto Auction. Rossi said she did not have any information on the second victim. Police said both victims are males. Their names have not been released
because their families haven’t yet been notified of their deaths.Police Lt. Chris Orrey said that at about 5:30 a.m. today, police dispatchers received report that a vehicle had struck a pedestrian on Addison Way, outside the facility.Patrol officers who responded to the call found a man lying in the street, she said. Hayward Fire Department paramedics pronounced the man dead.When police searched the facility grounds, they located a second victim in the parking lot, Orrey said. Paramedics determined that man was also deceased.The causes of death have not yet been confirmed, Orrey said. Bay Cities employees have told police that the homicides may have resulted from a robbery, but Orrey said police haven’t confirmed that.She described the deaths as “two separate victims” but said the murders may be related.
Police searched the grounds thoroughly and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office sent a K-9 unit to the scene for scent tracking, but no suspects were located.Rossi said a number of Bay Cities employees were sequestered at the facility this morning. “Employees arriving to work have been safely sequestered; we are cooperating fully with this ongoing investigation,” she said.The deaths are Hayward’s fourth and fifth homicides of the year. The town recorded seven homicides during all of 2009, Orrey said.
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