A possible road rage shooting prompted police to lock down a Hayward elementary school as a precaution for about 30 minutes this morning, a police sergeant said. The shooting was reported at about 7:30 a.m. after a man driving a dark-colored Dodge or Chrysler, possibly a Charger, sped past a man driving a white pickup truck in the 31000 block of Carroll Avenue, police Sgt. Tasha DeCosta said.
As the man in the sedan passed the pickup, he fired at the other driver. The pickup driver suffered only a bruise from one of the bullets going through the door of his truck and hitting the phone clipped to his belt, DeCosta said. The suspect sped away. When police arrived, they checked the area for him and told staff at nearby Hillview Crest Elementary School at 31410 Wheelon Ave. to put the school on lockdown, DeCosta said.
Students were still arriving and families were dropping their students off at the school. Staff secured the campus and told parents dropping off students to move out of the area, according to the New Haven Unified School District. Police did not find the suspect after a search of the area.
There was never any suspicion that the suspect was on the school’s campus, DeCosta said. The lockdown was lifted at 8:15 a.m. and school resumed normally, district officials said. The motive for the shooting remains unclear, but DeCosta said it does not appear the victim and suspect know each other.
A Hayward elementary school was placed on lockdown for about 30 minutes this morning due to police activity, New Haven Unified School District officials said. Police told staff at Hillview Crest Elementary School at 31410 Wheelon Ave. to put the school on lockdown at about 7:45 a.m., district officials said.
Students were still arriving and families were dropping their students off at the school. Staff secured the campus and told parents dropping off students to move out of the area. There were police on the school grounds, but no suspicions that any suspects were on campus, according to the district.
The lockdown was lifted at 8:15 a.m. and school resumed normally, district officials said.
The following message is being sent via autodialer to all Hillview Crest families:
Dear Hillview Crest Families,
Hillview Crest Elementary School is open for learning; Hayward Police Department and our administration has deemed it safe to return to school as soon as possible.
At approximately 7:45 this morning, the Hayward Police Department contacted Hillview Crest staff and directed them to lock down the school as a precaution due to police activity in the community. Although there was a police presence at the campus, there was no information that anyone involved in the police activity was on or near campus.
As a result of the lock down directive, a number of parents who were dropping off students for school were advised to keep their students under their supervision and to move out of the area as a precaution.
At approximately 8:15, Hayward Police Department let us know that it was safe to open school and they lifted the lockdown. This means that any student who returned home during the lockdown, is asked to come back to school where staff are ready to welcome them. All regularly scheduled school activities will go on as usual.
Hillview Crest staff are available to support any student or family member who may be experiencing stress related to the police activity this morning. Please contact the office if you need support