RICHMOND -- A man fired as many as 20 gunshots in the air -- many of them with officers closing in on his location -- early Wednesday morning, police said.

Police were unable to find anyone injured in the shooting.

Officers were called to the Pullman Point apartment complex at 2989 Pullman Ave. about 2:11 a.m. Wednesday, according to Richmond police Lt. Shawn Pickett. Police were alerted to about nine gunshots near the center of the complex by the ShotSpotter audio system, Pickett said.

As officers arrived and began to search the parking lot, gunshots rang out again, from about 50 to 75 feet away, Pickett said. The shooter was positioned behind security lights that were pointing directly at the officers, allowing them to see the muzzle flash from the gun but making it hard to track the shooter.

As they moved closer, they spotted a man in dark clothing running through the complex. They followed him to an apartment, where he was arrested and one other person was briefly detained.

Police said early Wednesday that the man was being held on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm, but said later that he was being held on "other charges" not related to the shooting. Detectives were still investigating the shooting.

Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at djimenez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.



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