Family identifies Carlmont H.S. student shot and killed Monday, investigation continues

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BELMONT (BCN) A 17-year-old Carlmont High School student from Redwood City was shot and killed late Monday night in Belmont, the boy's family members confirmed Tuesday.

Mohammad Othman was a varsity football player and a senior at the high school, according to social media posts from family and online records. 

His family members called police around 10:55 p.m. requesting a wellness check on the boy who they believed was at Central Elementary School in the 500 block of Middle Road.

Police arrived to find Othman lying in the parking lot of the school suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim and suspect knew each other and the shooting wasn't random, according to police.

On Tuesday investigators cooperating with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and the Pleasanton Police Department served a search warrant at a residence in the City of Pleasanton. Belmont police said this is one of several search warrants served throughout the Bay Area in connection to this investigation. 

Three individuals were detained in Pleasanton, but no arrests were made. Police said they are continuing to interview witnesses and follow leads in the on-going investigation. 

"I am beyond sadened, shocked and disturbed," Iyad Afalqa, who said Othman was his cousin, wrote on Facebook Tuesday afternoon. "I woke up this morning to learn that my 17 years old cousin was found shot dead in City of Belmont in the San Francisco Bay Area."

Carlmont High School Principal Ralph Crame wrote a message to the high school community on Tuesday, but did not identify Othman.

"I know we are all feeling the pain of losing a beloved member of our Carlmont family," he wrote. "Although this is a difficult time for us, we know that the family is grieving and we must keep them in our thoughts and support them in any way that we can."

Counselors will be present at the school this week to support students and staff. The San Mateo County coroner's office has not yet formally identified the boy.

Police have not released a description of the suspect and no arrests have been announced. Anyone with information is asked to get in touch with Belmont police at (650) 595-7400 or

This story has been updated to include new information from Belmont P.D. from Wednesday