SAN LEANDRO (KRON)—San Leandro police are investigating a car to car shootout, followed by a head on crash, that has left three people hospitalized and at least one shooter on the loose.
Police say it was 12:30 p.m. when they first got reports of shots fired on MacArthur Blvd. near Interstate 580. Police say it appears a Nissan Altima and an unidentified vehicle were firing at each other.
Eventually, the Altima was speeding down the 300 block of Dowling Boulevard when it crashed head on into a third vehicle, a Toyota Prius.
Authorities had to use the jaws of life to remove an elderly couple from the Prius. Police say both were severely injured and are now being treated at a local hospital.
Once on scene police also found a man with a gunshot wound outside the Nissan. He too has been hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The man was arrested at the hospital in connection with the shooting, as well as reckless driving that resulted in serious injury, police said.
Crime scene investigators are now searching both the crash scene on Dowling and the scene near Macarthur and 580 for evidence. They are hoping to find security video so they can track down the person in the unidentified vehicle that was initially involved in the shootout.
During the initial shootout and crash two nearby elementary schools, Roosevelt and Washington were on lockdown, but that was lifted after police gave the all clear.
Lt. Robert McManus said the shooting and crash were part of “a violent, vicious attack that doesn’t normally happen in this city.”
“This was a horrible scene,” Lt. McManus said. “The couple in the Prius are innocent victims. They were just driving down the street when they were hit head-on by the Nissan Altima involved in rolling gun battle with others that got away. This should never have happened.”