A suspect allegedly shot one security guard and pistol-whipped another at a Hayward Home Depot store Sunday afternoon when they tried to stop him from stealing a cart full of tools, according to police.
The security guards spotted the suspect allegedly trying to steal the tools shortly before 12:30 p.m. just outside the store’s garden center, according to Sgt. Ray Sisson.
When they tried to take him into custody, however, the suspect struggled with the guards and then pulled out a handgun, sisson said.
The suspect allegedly shot one security guard in the right shoulder and hit the second one on the left side of the head.
He was last seen running east through the parking lot toward Hesperian Boulevard, then north toward Togo’s, Sisson said.
Both security guards will recover from their injuries, Sisson said.
The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male adult, 30 to 40 years old and 6 feet tall with short, grayish hair in a short ponytail.
He was last seen wearing denim shorts extending to mid-calf, an orange t-shirt, a gray sweatshirt and white socks pulled up to his knees with a dark-colored baseball hat. However, police located discarded items behind the nearby Worlds Fare Donuts during a search of the area after the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call Hayward police at (510) 293-7000.
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