HAYWARD -- A 28-year-old Hayward woman was critically injured in a shooting outside a Hayward apartment building Thursday night, marking the fourth shooting at the complex in less than a year.
Officers responded about 11 p.m. to the Lord Tennyson Apartments in the 27000 block of Sleepy Hollow Avenue after callers reported hearing a woman yelling "Don't shoot me, don't shoot me!" followed by four to five gunshots, Sgt. Eric Melendez said. The woman was found lying in the parking lot with gunshot wounds to her upper torso, and she was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The woman underwent surgery Friday morning, Sgt. Mark Ormsby said, and was considered "critical but stable" after being placed in a medically-induced coma.
Police had yet to identify the woman Friday afternoon and did not say whether she lived at the apartment complex, Ormsby said. Authorities remained on scene Friday morning to investigate the shooting and have not released a motive or suspect information.
The shooting is the fourth for the apartment complex in a 10-month span, the last being a fatal incident that involved Hayward police officers. Donny Gene Simmons Jr., a 37-year-old father of two, was fatally shot by officers who said he lunged at them with a knife Aug. 14 when they responded to a domestic dispute at his apartment.
Earlier this year, 26-year-old Darren Hampton, of Oakland, was fatally shot in the face during a family dispute at the apartment complex Jan. 17, making him Hayward's first homicide of 2013. Less than a month earlier, Arkansas resident Roosevelt Foster was also fatally shot outside Lord Tennyson Dec. 20.
Hayward resident William Howard, whose sister lives at the gated apartment complex, said his family is no stranger to incidents of crime at Lord Tennyson and expressed worry for the continued acts of violence on or near the property.
"These apartments aren't cool," said Howard, who added that he witnessed a shooting the very first time he stepped foot on the grounds last December. "I was standing right here, and they had a shootout across the street on Sleepy Hollow."
While the four shootings all took place in less than one year's time, Ormsby said authorities did not necessarily consider the complex a "problem area."
"To date, there have been no red flags on this particular apartment complex," Ormsby said. "But we have district command officers that look at different areas of concern, and my feeling is they may be looking at this one shortly."
Employees at Lord Tennyson Apartments declined to comment on this story.