Hayward police were searching for a suspect who reportedly shot a security guard and pistol-whipped another before fleeing the local Home Depot early Sunday afternoon, according to police.
The security guards spotted the suspect allegedly trying to steal a cart full of tools shortly before 12:30 p.m. just outside the store's garden center, according to Sgt. Ray Sisson.
As the two guards tried to take the man into custody, the suspect resisted and fought against them.
During the struggle, the suspected thief pulled out a gun and shot one of the officers in the arm. Then he hit the second officer on the left side of the head with the revolver.
Afterward, the suspect fled, escaping into the Mi Pueblo Shopping Center, according to officers on scene.
"We pulled in just as the first officer arrived," said Home Depot customer Reno Caldwell. "There was some hysterical people in the gardening department."
As of 6 p.m., the suspect was still at large and police were still reviewing surveillance video of the incident.
He was last seen running east through the parking lot toward Hesperian Boulevard, then north toward Togo's, Sisson said.
Both security guards were expected to 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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