Police Probe Shootings at 2 Northern Calif. Malls

By Kristofer Noceda
|  Saturday, Dec 21, 2013  |  Updated 7:10 AM EDT
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Police are investigating a pair of reported mall shootings in two northern California cities. Cheryl Hurd reports.

Police are investigating a pair of reported mall shootings in two northern California cities. Cheryl Hurd reports.

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Police Investigating Mall Shootings in San Leandro, Tracy

Police on Friday responded to a pair of mall shootings in San Leandro and Tracy. Cheryl Hurd reports.
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Police late Friday are investigating a pair of mall shootings in two northern California cities.

In San Leandro, officers responded to the Bayfair Mall on 15555 E. 14th St. just before 4:30 p.m. after receiving several calls from witnesses reporting a shooting.

When police arrived, they found a 24-year-old man in the parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound. The man was transported to a hospital and his wound did not appear to be life threatening, police said.

Detectives continue to investigate the shooting, which they said was sparked by an argument between the shooter and the victim.

There were no evacuations or shelters-in-place ordered during the police response and investigation.

Police describe the shooter as an African American man, who fled the scene in a white, compact vehicle.

While officers were investigating the Bayfair Mall shooting, police in Tracy -- about 40 miles east of San Leandro -- also responded to a separate mall shooting.

A SWAT team and police swarmed the West Valley Mall on Naglee Road after a call came in reporting a shooting at 4:42 p.m., according to NBC affiliate KCRA.

When police arrived, officers discovered the eastern mall entrance had been struck with an unknown number of small caliber rounds.

Police said the face of the building, its glass facade and one glass entrance door were struck, with the door shattering.

The shooter was last seen by witnesses leaving the eastern parking lot of the mall, possibly on foot.

West Valley Mall was never closed or evacuated during the investigation, police said.

No injuries were reported in the shooting.

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