HAYWARD - A 24-year-old Hayward resident and "documented" gang member was identified Tuesday as the man fatally shot by police after an altercation Monday at a city bar.
Police said the man, Edgar Alvarez, was a gang member in the city who was known to police. He was fatally shot by officers when they said he tried to hit police with his vehicle after allegedly shooting someone at a city bar. The officer-involved shooting prompted protests in the city Monday evening, including one that led to the arrest of nearly one dozen people.
The incident began about 12:55 a.m., when officers responded to reports of a shooting at the Dirty Bird Lounge, 29308 Mission Blvd., Lt. Roger Keener said. Callers said the suspect fled in a dark Buick or Cadillac, which officers found on westbound Tennyson Road west of Mission Boulevard.
When officers attempted to approach the car, the suspect threw his car in reverse and lurched toward the officers, Keener said. The three responding officers each fired off at least one round at the man, who died from the gunshot wounds, police said.
Officers found a handgun in the car, Sgt. Mark Ormsby said Tuesday.
According to Keener, one patron was hit by a single shot fired inside the bar, but it was not known if it was a direct shot, a ricochet, or if the victim was the intended target. Police later found multiple shell casings outside the bar, suggesting that the suspect fired the gun several times upon leaving the building. Nobody was injured by the shots fired outside.
The victim shot inside the bar was taken to the hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and was treated and released. Police have not released the age or identity of the victim.
The police shooting sparked protests in the city later Monday.
Officers were called about 7:30 p.m. to the intersection of East 13th Avenue and Tennyson Road, where about 50 to 60 people had gathered, including some who threw bottles into the street, Ormsby said.
The crowd dispersed after officers arrived but a short while later about two dozen showed up at the intersection of Franklin and Culp roads. Police arrested 11 people there on suspicion of public intoxication, Ormsby said.
The three officers who fired shots at the suspect have been placed on routine administrative leave pending the investigation.
Staff writer Kristin J. Bender contributed to this report. Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.