LIVERMORE -- A Livermore man was arrested on attempted murder charges Sunday after he fired shots at two acquaintances and then crashed his car through the fence of a high school during an ensuing police chase, authorities said.
Paul Victor Simmons, also known as Paul Muscat, was arrested on Seventh Street between South I Street and South J Street where police say he crashed a Toyota sedan stolen five days ago through the fence of Del Valle High School. The 26-year-old man was booked on attempted murder and various weapons charges after authorities say he shot at the two victims in front of an apartment complex and then took off at high speed.
Officers responded at 9:12 p.m. to the 700 block of Holmes Street after multiple callers reported hearing shots fired in the area, according to Livermore police Officer Steve Goard. When officers arrived on scene, they saw a gray Toyota sedan peeling away from the scene with its headlights off.
Police tried to stop the vehicle, Goard said, but it continued driving erratically through city streets before crashing through the backside of a softball field at Del Valle High School. Officers arrested Simmons, who was alone in the stolen vehicle, and also recovered a loaded handgun and a handgun magazine. He was not injured.
Investigators found that Simmons had fired multiple rounds at two men in their 20s, neither of whom were hit by the gunfire, Goard said. While police determined the suspect and the victims know each other, it was not immediately known why Simmons may have shot at them.
Simmons, who was already on probation for firearms charges, was booked into Santa Rita Jail on two counts of attempted murder and one count each of evading police with reckless disregard for the public, being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a prohibited person with ammunition, and possession of a stolen vehicle. He remains in jail without bail.