A 29-year-old Oakland man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and other charges for a shooting in San Leandro last Friday night that left another man wounded, police said today.
Authorities said they haven’t yet established a motive for the shooting but believe it may be related to drug trafficking and counterfeit money.
San Leandro police said officers responded to the area of MacArthur Boulevard and Durant Avenue at about 9 p.m. last Friday to investigate reports of gunshots being fired. Officers checked but didn’t find any evidence there so they drove south on MacArthur Boulevard to search for suspects and victims.
Minutes later, officers heard gunshots on Grand Avenue in the area of the Estudillo Avenue off-ramp for Interstate Highway 580, police said.
Officers came upon a sedan that had collided with the cement wall in front of a gas station in the area and found a 27-year-old man near the vehicle who was suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his upper body, according to police. The vehicle had also been struck by bullets.
The man said that he and the driver had been chased by suspects in another vehicle who shot at them for an unknown reason, police said.
Officers searched the interior of the sedan and found two semi-automatic handguns and a large sum of counterfeit U.S. currency inside, according to police.
The man who was shot, whose name is not being released at this time, was treated at a local hospital for his gunshot wound and after he was release police arrested him for possession of the firearms in the vehicle and possession of the counterfeit money.
However, the man was later released because prosecutors hadn’t filed charges against him at that time, police spokesman Lt. Robert McManus said.
The driver of the sedan hasn’t yet been identified but police would like to talk to him to hear his side of the story and find out if he also was shot in the incident, McManus said.
A San Leandro resident saw the sedan being chased by another vehicle Friday night and knew that the activity was suspicious, police said. The resident recorded the license plate number of the vehicle chasing the sedan and provided a description of that vehicle and its license plate to police, authorities said.
Detectives conducted surveillance at the registered owner’s home in the East Bay but later learned that he had recently moved to an unknown location, police said.
On Wednesday afternoon, undercover detectives assigned to the San Leandro Police Department’s crime suppression unit spotted the suspect vehicle driving on I-580, near the Estudillo Avenue. exit.
They followed the vehicle to an apartment complex in the 3000 block of Pleitner Avenue in Oakland, where they saw a man matching the description of the shooting suspect get out of the car and enter a nearby apartment, police said.
The man left the apartment a short time later and returned to the vehicle, where he was detained by San Leandro police officers, police said.
McManus said police aren’t releasing the man’s name at this time because their investigation is continuing and they don’t want to jeopardize their case.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for the man’s apartment and recovered two handguns, six pounds of marijuana and a large sum of counterfeit currency.
In addition to attempted murder, the suspect was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and possession of the counterfeit money.
Police said they believe the shooting was an isolated incident in which the suspect and victims knew each other.
Police said they have obtained a total of four handguns and $16,000 in counterfeit currency in the case.
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