One Person Shot In Hayward Looting Investigation

Matt Bigler
June 01, 2020 - 10:38 am

    Heavy police activity continued Monday morning in Hayward even as the rest of the Bay Area quieted down after a weekend of protests and unrest.

    Dozens of officers, some wearing tactical gear and camouflage, surrounded a CVS drugstore in Hayward, which appeared to have been looted. 

    Hayward police say they received a report of looting at about 4 a.m. at the store on Mission Blvd and Harder Rd. When they arrived they found four suspects and the incident escalated to violence.

    “During the contact, officers discharged their service weapon. We are still investigating all the factors to determine what led to this outcome... trying to get the timeline and surveillance and body worn camera. So all of that is still getting looked into,” says officer Claudia Mau. One person was shot and taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to police. “He is currently in custody so we have a total of four people in custody in connection to the incident.”

    No officers were injured. Police have not identified the officers involved or said how many officers discharged their weapons or how many shots may have been fired. 

    "Anytime the Hayward Police Officers use force, regardless of degree, it is a serious matter that requires a thorough investigation.  In addition to an internal investigation, that Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has been notified," the department said in a statement. It is not clear if the officers involved have been placed on leave.

    “I’ve been here for 10 years, I’ve lived in the same place and nothing like this has ever happened,” says Hayward resident Taneisha Fields of the damage to businesses. “So it’s no coincidence that with everything going on in America, this is now happening.”

    Fields says she feels anger over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and incidents of police brutality, but also frustration to see damage done to her neighborhood. “It’s not people from our neighborhood or our cities. Or even people that’s actually wanting to fight for black Americans. Maybe they’re angry or they just want to tear stuff up... the media shows and blames black people for this, and we actually are pretty peaceful. We’re trying to be peaceful. We just want to be heard and we want to be respected and valued. So that’s our only goal.”

    A former police officer who was recorded kneeling on Floyd’s neck for several minutes has been arrested on charges of 3rd degree murder and manslaughter. Three other officers who were at the scene and did not intervene have been fired. 

    Looting has been reported throughout the Bay Area as tension rises in the community over Floyd’s death and what protestors see as a lack of police accountability. 

    A group of suspects used a car to break through the metal gate at Richardson Tactical, a Hayward gun store. The owner tells KCBS Radio the losses were minimal. Cars were stolen from a dealership on Davis St and several stores in the Bay Fair mall in San Leandro were broken into. Property damage has also been reported in Pleasant Hill, Union City, San Jose and San Francisco. 

    While some protestors have denounced the property damage and call for peace, others say they understand the anger and frustration that may be behind it and are calling for critics direct their outrage at Floyd’s death.