ALAMEDA -- Police are searching for a gunman who opened fire at a fellow customer at the AMF Southshore Lanes bowling alley on Friday night, striking him three times.
The 20-year-old man suffered bullet wounds to his groin, arm and thigh and was treated at Highland Hospital in Oakland.
The shooting occurred as the victim was leaving the business at 300 Park St. about 11:10 p.m., when he briefly exchanged words with the suspect, who pulled out a handgun and opened fire, Alameda police Lt. Ted Horlbeck said Wednesday.
After he was shot, the victim ran back into the bowling alley, where he fell to the floor and called out for help, Horlbeck said.
The shooter was last seen in the parking lot fleeing with three other men in two vehicles. One vehicle was described as a tan four-door, while the second was possibly a Jeep.
What prompted the confrontation and verbal exchange remains unclear. Both the victim and the suspect were inside the business before the shooting and apparently did not interact with each other, according to investigators. The victim, who lives in Oakland, was with his girlfriend.
Police described the shooter as a man in his 20s who was wearing a dark jacket and dark pants. The three men who were with him were also in his 20s.
Alameda police ask anyone who may have information on the shooting to call 510-337-8340.
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