Staff writers

HAYWARD -- A 24-year-old woman suffered gunshot wounds to her head and neck while she slept in her home less than a mile from downtown Hayward early Wednesday morning, but she is expected to survive, according to police.

The gunfire came from outside the home in the 500 block of Smalley Avenue about 12:25 a.m. and injured the sleeping woman, Hayward police Sgt. Eric Krimm said. An undisclosed number of bullets went through a window at the Hayward home, one striking the woman as she slept on the living room floor.

Her boyfriend -- whom police say is in his 20s -- was also home at the time in a separate room, but he was not shot. He is not a suspect and was cooperating with detectives, Krimm said. Two children also live in the home, although police did not know whose children they were or if they were home at the time of the shooting.

As of Wednesday afternoon, police did not have a suspect in the shooting. They are looking at "a number of motives" for the shooting, but Krimm said there is no reason for other residents in the area to be afraid as the attack appears to be a targeted one.

"We don't believe it to be random," Krimm said. "Something was or has been going on at the house. It looks like the shooter went to the house and intended to shoot someone. Whether they shot their intended target is not known."

The woman underwent surgery at Eden Medical Center and was expected to survive, Krimm said. She was conscious and communicating with rescuers before she was taken to the hospital, Krimm said.


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Evidence markers to the left of the front door outside the single-story, beige-and-tan home appeared to show two bullet holes in a window. Shattered glass was evident inside the home, which is located directly next to a nursing home -- St. Anthony Care Center -- and has a gated driveway. The nursing home appeared to be untouched in the shooting.

Beatriz Perez, a neighbor who lives in a triplex on the same property behind the home, said the woman is "a very nice lady. She is my friend, and this makes me scared."

Perez heard the gunshots, but she said she did not think it was gunfire and went back to bed.

Robin Langston, 55, lives in the nursing home and learned about the shooting at breakfast that morning.

"The police came and interviewed the night nurse," she said while sitting in a wheelchair on a sidewalk outside the victim's home. "They checked my windows for bullet holes, but there weren't any."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Hayward Police Department at 510-293-7272.

Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rderh.