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Possible Gunman Sought In San Leandro Neighborhood Following Crash

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A Jeep Cherokee on the front lawn of a home on the 400 block Elsie Ave. in San Leandro, July 26, 2012.

A Jeep Cherokee on the front lawn of a home on the 400 block Elsie Ave. in San Leandro, July 26, 2012. (Nathan Smith/Bay City News)

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SAN LEANDRO (CBS SF) – Dozens of police officers with guns drawn were roaming a San Leandro neighborhood Thursday morning in the search for a possible gunman.

Around 7:30 a.m., San Leandro Police were conducting a search in the neighborhood around Elsie Ave.and E. 14th St. Officers were looking for a suspect reportedly running through backyards armed with a handgun.

The man is described as white or Hispanic in his early 20s, wearing jeans and a blue sweatshirt. Earlier, the man was seen going about 100 mikes an hour in a Jeep Cherokee on East 14th Ave.

Police said they didn’t chase the Jeep but it ended up in a front yard in 477 Elsie Ave.  Investigators were treating it as a stolen vehicle.

Police Lt. Randall Brandt said the man was wearing a blue sweatshirt and jeans and
fled the car with a backpack.

Witnesses told police the suspect motioned as if he was packing a gun but they didn’t actually see a gun.

Officers have set up a perimeter on Elsie St., in the area of Warren, Sybil, Bancroft and E. 14th St.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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