SAN LEANDRO — Usually when adults get involved in quibbling between teenage relatives, it’s to act as a peacemaker or a positive role model.
But not this San Leandro resident, who allegedly shot up the home of a 14-year-old girl who’d fought his teenaged cousin at school days earlier. No one was injured in the shooting, but the girl’s father was nearly struck by gunfire, police say.
Now the suspect, a 32-year-old San Leandro man, is facing felony charges of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and two counts of illegal gun possession — one count related to the shooting, and another for allegedly having a weapon when police came to arrest him, court records show.
The problems started on Sept. 14, when two 14-year-old girls had a fistfight at San Leandro High School. A full three days later, at around 4 a.m., one of the girl’s dad heard a man’s voice outside his San Leandro residence and went outside to investigate, authorities said.
He was greeted by gunfire, and narrowly missed being shot, police said.
The suspect was later identified through home surveillance cameras, which captured the shooting and showed the man’s distinctive tattoos, according to authorities. He was arrested Sept. 20 in San Leandro, but has since been released from jail, court records show. Police believe the motive for the shooting is directly connected to the children’s fight, authorities said.