Man Arrested for Shooting Spree in Custody, Ineligible for Release on Bond
Photo – Justin M. McDaniels
PLEASANTON — A factory worker who allegedly went on a shooting spree is being held in custody ineligible for release on bond. The suspect fired more than 100 rounds from a rifle and terrorized a neighborhood.
On and off, gunfire erupted from inside a condominium located on Arroyo Court on April 23. Pleasanton police were alerted at 10:10 p.m. Shots continued to be fired about every ten minutes for approximately one hour.
Pleasanton patrol officers responded. They were assisted by the East County Tactical Team, comprised of officers from both Pleasanton and Livermore.
Bullets blasted through walls and gunshots could be heard a few miles away. The homes of several neighbors were damaged by gunfire.
There were no other occupants inside the suspect’s residence during the incident. More importantly, no one was reported injured from the gunfire and during the arrest that followed.
It was shortly before midnight before this tense situation was de-escalated. Ultimately, the suspect identified as 39-year-old Justin M. McDaniels voluntarily exited his home. Police found the inside of his residence riddled with bullet holes McDaniels was taken into custody April 23 at 11:54 p.m. and transported for mental health evaluation. He was subsequently booked into Santa Rita Jail on April 27 at 3:29 p.m.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against McDaniels. He is accused of shooting at inhabited dwellings (PC246-F) and discharge of a firearm with gross negligence (PC246.3(a)-F.