SAN LEANDRO (CBS SF) — A man has been arrested for opening fire on a religious statue in front of a San Leandro church, authorities said.

At about 2 p.m. Saturday, officers were sent to the St. Felicitas Church at 1650 Manor Blvd. after someone reported shots being fired, according to San Leandro police officials.

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Officers found the suspect near the church and attempted to arrest him but he struggled to get away.

During the scuffle, an officer forcibly removed a gun from the man’s waistband, police said.

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After the arrest, officers investigated and found that eight rounds had been fired into a statue.

Police were investigating the shooting as a hate crime and said there was no evidence to suggest that the church was in any additional danger.

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Anyone with information is asked to call San Leandro police at (510) 577-2740.