Police are searching for a gunman who opened fire at a fellow customer at the AMF Southshore Lanes bowling alley the night of March 8, 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.

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. The victim and 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.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

  • DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a motorist, 46, on suspicion of drunken driving after a traffic stop about 7:10 a.m. in the 2500 block of Blanding Avenue. The man was also driving with a suspended license and was wanted on an outstanding warrant for failing to make a court appearance, police said.

    FRIDAY, MARCH 8

  • DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a woman, 27, about 2:50 a.m. on suspicion of drunken driving in the 800 block of Santa Clara Avenue.

  • VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle theft was reported just before 8 a.m. in the 1700 block of Pacific Avenue. Police also said a vehicle that was reported stolen in San Leandro was recovered about 4:25 p.m. in the 2300 block of Eagle Avenue.

  • ARSON -- Someone set fire to the contents of a trash container at Alameda High School. It was reported about 1:20 p.m.

    SATURDAY, MARCH 9

  • VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen about 8:25 a.m. in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue.

  • DRUG POSSESSION -- A man, 22, whom officers contacted as a suspicious person at Alameda South Shore Center was arrested at 9:40 a.m. after he was found carrying hashish, police said. A background check revealed that the man was wanted on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.

    SUNDAY, MARCH 10

  • UNDER THE INFLUENCE -- A man whom patrol officers contacted after a caller reported him as staggering and walking in circles was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. The man was also carrying a glass methamphetamine pipe and an Electronic Benefit Transfer card that had been issued to someone else, police said. The 38-year-old man was arrested just before 7 a.m. in the 3100 block of Bayo Vista Avenue, police said.

  • BURGLARY -- A commercial burglary was reported about 8:20 a.m. in the 500 block of Viking Street.

  • DRUG PARAPHERNALIA -- A cyclist detained during a traffic stop was arrested after he was allegedly found with methamphetamine and narcotics paraphernalia. The man, 41, who was arrested about 1:15 p.m. in the 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue, was on probation for possessing paraphernalia, which led an officer to search him.

  • VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen just before 3 p.m. in the 2300 block of Buena Vista Avenue.

    MONDAY, MARCH 11

  • BURGLARY -- Someone entered a garage in the first block of El Paseo and stole two bicycles, police said. The theft was reported about 9:15 a.m.

  • IDENTITY THEFT -- Someone stole the personal information of a resident of Ballena Boulevard and used it to file a tax return, police said.

    TUESDAY, MARCH 12

  • PETTY THEFT -- Police arrested a man, 20, on suspicion of petty theft after he allegedly broke into a vehicle and stole a pool cue and its case. Officers detained the man about 7:10 a.m. in the 2300 block of San Antonio Avenue as he was walking away from the vehicle and carrying the cue, police said. A vehicle break-in was also reported about 5:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of Alameda South Shore Center, where someone tried to pry open the vehicle's lock and broke the driver's-side window. No items were stolen, however.

  • RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE -- Police recovered a vehicle reported stolen in Hayward about 10:15 a.m. in the 3200 block of Bayo Vista Avenue.

  • IDENTITY THEFT -- Identity theft was reported at 2 p.m. in the 100 block of Capetown Drive and less than 10 minutes later in the 1300 block of Pearl Street.