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1 injured in shooting at Bayfair Mall in San Leandro

Friday, December 20, 2013
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There were two incidents late Friday afternoon involving gunfire at area malls. A man is recovering after being shot outside the Bayfair Center in San Leandro. Gunfire also broke out at a mall in Tracy.

The Old Navy closed a little early Friday night because of its proximity to the shooting, which happened in the parking lot.

"It was tape, police, people, clothes next to the car," shopper Melissa Hooks said.

That's what Hooks saw when she returned to her car after shopping at the Bayfair Center's Target.

In the time she was gone, San Leandro police say two men got into an argument in the parking lot near Old Navy. One pulled out a gun and shot the other. The shooter drove off in a white compact vehicle.

The 24-year-old victim was taken to the hospital with wounds that did not appear to be life-threatening.

"It's generally a safe area," Hooks said. "That was very surprising and alarming to come out the store and then all of a sudden there's yellow tape and police everywhere."

Angelica Guadiana doesn't think the mall is in the best area and is now even more concerned.

"If I knew what had happened today I wouldn't be here right now," she said.

The question now -- is there a threat to the community.

"In a case like this, we always fear that someone who is brave enough to do a shooting in broad daylight at a large shopping mall in the East Bay where there are many shoppers during the holiday season here is quite capable of almost anything," said Lt. Robert McManus.

But Lt. McManus says shoppers should feel safe because there are extra uniformed officers and undercover officers patrolling the mall.

In addition, BART is offering safety escorts for passengers at three locations, including the Bayfair station.

Just minutes after Friday's Bayfair Center shooting, there was another one at the West Valley Mall in Tracy.

A glass door was shattered but no injuries were reported. That shooter also drove off and hasn't been caught.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the shooting at Bayfair Center to contact them at (510) 577-2740.

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