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Details Emerge About Teen Allegedly Murdered Outside Of Belmont School

Holly Quan
January 09, 2019 - 11:08 am

The investigation continues into the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old at a school in Belmont earlier this week. 

The family of Mohammad Othman has confirmed that he was the Redwood City teenager who was shot to death Monday night in the parking lot of Belmont's Central Elementary School.

Police say the shooting was not random, and that the Carlmont High School varsity football player who was called "Mo" by his friends knew his attacker. 

Their search for a suspect led Belmont Police investigators 40 miles away to a home in Pleasanton on Tuesday night. But so far, no arrests have been made in connection with the case.  

Police first went to the elementary school after Othman's family called them late Monday night to ask them to check on him, and told them the teen was likely on or near Central's campus.

"We sent officers immediately to go out there, hoping we would not find what we found," Belmont Police Captain Patrick Halleran told KPIX-5.

At Carlmont High in Belmont, couselors were on hand on Wednesday to help students, teachers and staff cope with Othman's death. 

The school's football coach Jake Messina was grappling with what he would say to grieving players who showed up at his office. 

"They're trying to process it," Messina said to KPIX. "I still haven't totally processed it myself, and I'm a lot older than they are."

As to what may have led up to Othman being shot and killed, Messina had no idea. "He was like any other teenager," he said. "He had minor setbacks and issues, but nothing that would be an indicator of anything like this."

Written by Diana Shook