HAYWARD -- One man was arrested following an afternoon shooting that spurred from a fight near two elementary schools Wednesday afternoon, police said.

According to Lt. Bryan Matthews of the Hayward Police Department, officers working in plain clothes witnessed a fight between several men on Tyrrell Avenue just south of Shepherd Elementary School around 3:10 p.m.

During the fight, Matthews said, one of the men fired multiple rounds at people inside a car. The vehicle then fled southbound on Tyrrell Avenue.

After the shooting, the campuses of Shepherd Elementary School and Tyrrell Elementary School were placed on lockdown for about an hour. Students had already been dismissed for the day, and no classes were in session at the time of the incident.

After the shooting, the man who fired the shots fled eastbound on Tyrrell Avenue toward Manon Avenue. Hayward police officers, along with Alameda County Sheriff's deputies, responded to the scene. Around 4:06 p.m., the man believed to be the shooter was taken into custody in the 600 block of Harris Road.

The suspect is a Hayward resident in his 30s and he faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, according to police. His name is being withheld due to the ongoing investigation and additional charges may be filed.

The motive for the shooting is still under investigation.

Area hospitals were checked, but no shooting victims have been located.


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Portions of Tyrrell Avenue were closed to all traffic while the search was conducted and while the crime scene was processed, which was about 2 hours.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Hayward Police Department Criminal Investigations Bureau at 510-293-7034 or the Hayward Police Department Dispatch Center at 510-293-7000.

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