HAYWARD -- For two Sundays in a row, a window has been broken at the local chapter of the NAACP.
On Aug. 22, the group wasn't the only victim. A pellet gun was fired into four offices and storefronts in the area of Second and B streets, about a block away from downtown, police said.
But Sunday, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People office was the only one hit, and the damage was more severe. Chapter President Freddye Davis said the incident is being taken "very seriously."
"I may have thought it was (kids) the first time when I was advised that something similar happened at other places," she said. "But to come back here a second week in a row, that's scary."
One of the rocks was thrown hard enough to sail through the window and across the office, breaking the glass on the framed charter document on the opposite wall.
Davis said state and national NAACP offices have been alerted, and they have serious concerns.
Hayward police Lt. Roger Keener said that police are investigating the incident but added that it is too early to speculate about a motive.
"It could be anything from kids thinking, 'Hey, this is a great prank,' who don't even know what's inside the building, all the way up to a specific intent that could be identified as a hate crime," he said.
Davis said the group has not received any threats, but they have received a "number of derogatory phone calls" regarding everything
"We've never had that volume of negative phone calls," she said. "I do believe something is going on."
She added that there never has been any kind of vandalism at the Hayward office in the past.
Anyone with information about the case may call Hayward police at 510-293-7000.
Eric Kurhi covers Hayward. Contact him at 510-293-2473.