OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A man apparently upset that his car was being repossessed opened fire on the repossession agent in Oakland Friday, prompting a long standoff with police before he surrendered.
Oakland Police said the incident began around 9 a.m. Friday morning in the area of Chester and 7th streets in west Oakland, as the repo man was driving off with the man’s car.
The bullets missed the agent, but shattered the windows of the tow truck and a nearby parked car.
The suspect’s godmother said the man is mentally unstable. “He can be 51-50 (police code for mentally unstable person) and he’s sucidal. You know, so I’m a little scared for that,” said Queen Byrd-Proctor.
Family members helped convince the suspect to surrender after a three-and-a-half hour standoff, just a half-block from a youth summer lunch program.
Kids and staffers were placed on a lockdown during the incident after they had called 9-1-1 to report the shooting.
“The kids are fine. They’re resilient,” said program coordinator Marcus Montague. “They have learned to deal with the same situation at their school.”
Police said it was the second time that summer program went into lockdown because of a shooting nearby.
The unidentified suspect faces one count of attempted murder and illegal possession of a firearm.