Photo: San Leandro Walmart
SAN LEANDRO — It was a drive-by shooting at Walmart. Police arrested a man suspected of the shooting on September 16. The victim was shot once in his neck while walking through a parking lot crowded with shoppers on Sunday afternoon.
Starting about 12:30 p.m., police received a flood of reports of gunfire outside Walmart on Hesperian Boulevard. Shoppers in the parking lot ran for cover, as someone drove by and started shooting.
As a result the gunfire hit only one person. Responding officers located a wounded man, conscious and alert. Responders took the victim to a hospital in Castro Valley, and released him after he received medical treatment.
Authorities closed off half of the Walmart parking lot while gathering evidence, including surveillance camera recordings. The video evidence helped investigators identify, locate and arrest a suspect within six hours.
Later in the evening, authorities located the suspect in San Jose, along with the vehicle recorded at the parking lot. When detectives searched the vehicle they found a handgun inside believed used in the shooting. As it turns out, it was a stolen weapon.
Consequently, Isreal Jaquez, a 29-year-old convicted felon from Fremont, was locked up. Police say the suspect and victim know each other.
Jaquez faces arraignment on September 18. His charges include attempted murder and four separate firearms charges. Bail for Jaquez was denied.