FREMONT (CBS SF) — Police were searching for a suspect who rode away on a bicycle after a fatal shooting at a Fremont home early Monday morning, a police lieutenant said.

The victim, a 56-year-old man, was found dead in a bedroom at the home in the 43000 block of Charleston Way after officers responded to shots fired about 12:30 a.m., Lt. Mike Tegner said.

A neighbor heard the gunshots and reported it to police, Tegner said.

“We talked to the witness, or the reporting party, and he said that he saw a male leaving the general area of the front door of the residence and get on to a bicycle and pedal away,” explained Tegner.

The victim is a 56-year-old south Indian man who rented a room towards the rear the home which he shared with another family. Members of that family were asleep at the time of the shooting and didn’t see the suspect arrive or leave from the home, according to Tegner.

Officers set up a large perimeter in the neighborhood to try to find the suspect, but broke down the search perimeter around 7:30 a.m. after not finding the suspect.

“We have a tracking K9 dog and we tried to use our drones with some technology to detect heat, but we were unsuccessful,” said Tegner.

Tegner said investigators remain at the home Monday morning to look for evidence, and were also canvassing the neighborhood to try to find any witnesses or anyone with surveillance video that can help solve the case.

“Our belief, [is that] it was not random. We didn’t see any forced entry into the residence,” said Tegner.

For longtime residents of the Irvington Square neighborhood, this has been a worrisome year.

The area has seen about half a dozen incidents including drug busts and SWAT team raids as well as a beating that resulted in the death right around the corner.

“We had a homicide over here in May. And then we have the one right here today,” said neighbor Lisa Cunningham.

Anyone with information on the case was asked to call Fremont police at (510) 790-6800.


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