Suspects Sought in Two Gun Crimes

This vehicle was used by suspects in an armed robbery of a man at the Safeway at South Shore Center.

Suspects Sought in Two Gun Crimes

Alameda Police Department (APD) detectives are investigating two gun-related incidents that took place in Alameda on the same day.

APD detectives are currently investigating a shooting that took place Tuesday, June 15, near Washington Park, just before 11:30 p.m.

APD began receiving multiple 911 calls of possible gunfire in the area around Upper Washington Park on the 700 block of Central Avenue. Officers were dispatched to the area soon after. At the scene, responding officers located more than a dozen spent shell casings with the help of witnesses, according to an APD report.

The preliminary investigation has determined that a vehicle and a person traveling on foot were spotted at the time of the incident. No victims have been identified but surrounding homes and vehicles have sustained dame. The APD report did not say if the damage was bullet holes.

APD said in a statement that they do not believe this was a random act of gun violence and think the involved parties did know each other. Detectives are still reviewing evidence and speaking with witnesses.

APD said it will provide updates as the investigation permits.

Armed Robbery at South Shore Center

Earlier in the day, an adult male was robbed at gunpoint while trying to enter the Safeway on the 2200 block of South Shore Center.

APD received calls around 10:25 a.m. of a report of an armed robbery. Once at the scene, officers were advised that a silver SUV, similar to a Chevy Equinox, with three occupants, pulled up to an adult male as he was attempting to enter the Safeway. One of the suspects exited the vehicle and approached the victim while pointing a firearm and demanded his property. The two men began to struggle over the belongings. A second suspect exited the vehicle, pulled out another gun, and demanded the victim’s property. The victim complied, and the three suspects fled. APD believes the suspects traveled northbound on Park Street and likely turned east on Otis Drive.

APD detectives have determined the silver SUV entered the South Shore Center parking lot around 9:50 am and parked within view of the shopping center’s banks, according to an APD report.
After a brief time in the parking lot, the suspects observed the victim exiting one of the banks. The suspects approached the victim at 10:05 am.

APD is asking community members who live in the area near South Shore Center and Otis Drive review their home security systems for the pictured vehicle between 9:40 and 10:05 a.m.

Anyone with information or who may have witnessed either of these crimes is asked to call the APD Violent Crimes Unit at 337-8336.