Update: Walnut Street Shooting Was Gang Related

Police say four men fired shots at a passing vehicle

The shots that were fired on Walnut Street early Easter Sunday afternoon were part of a gang-related incident, Livermore Police said.

Authorities told Patch writer Susan Schena on Monday they are searching for suspects in the shooting.

They said the shooting happened about 1:45 p.m. when four men walking along the street fired multiple shots at a passing vehicle. One bullet struck a parked car.

No one was injured.

The suspects were described as Hispanic adult males in their 20s, wearing black, silver and dark blue clothing, colors favored by the Surenos street gang.

The targeted vehicle was described as a metallic blue or purple Dodge Durango, with no details available on the car's occupants.

An update on this story will be featured in Tuesday's weekly police log on Livermore Patch.

Harry Callahan April 11, 2012 at 11:56 PM
what flavor Kool Aid is this? We are not asking them to put their lives on the lines for us. They made a decision to make this their profession. They took an oath to protect and to serve. You make it sound like they are doing the community a favor. Last time I checked, they work for us.
mike April 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Harry, you have got the heart of an emperor. I suppose teachers are responsible for the poor parenting that passes for child rearing today too. A lot of our local police are veterans of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. How many times do they have to lay their life on the line for you before you cut them some slack?
patty robins April 12, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Bottom line guys, IS Livermore operating at an appropriate amount of police officers for our current population and ongoing, active situations? I would never denigrate the police doing the job they do for all of us, ...I want to hope there are enough POLICE to DO IT, safely, for all.......the article of this EASTER shootings FINALLY showed up today, Wednesday, in the middle of the local newspaper, mixed in with other East bay city news, bottom of the page, very small article.....thanks Patch, for letting Livermore community KNOW what is happening, as soon as possible.
voice of reason April 12, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Harry...one officer had rocks thrown down on him from an overpass and another had his leg broken when he was jumped from behind. They were lucky that their injuries weren't life threatening. Yes they are getting paid to do their job, but their job isn't to get injured, it's to protect YOU from getting injured! If you don't like how they do their job, don't call them when someone kicks in your door or better yet, don't ask them to give you CPR if you may need it. No, wait, they will do it anyway, because that's their job.
Otto April 13, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Harry... Drink the entire pitcher of Kool Aid left over from Jones. It's professionals like the police and fire fighters that allow you to sit at home safe and sound and sound off on them. They at times do risk bodily injury and or death to protect you and your family. I suggest you change your use of Harry Callahan (a public servant) to something that states who you really are a "I want it all, I want it now, and I want it without lifting a finger".
Harry Callahan April 14, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Wow, Otto why would you ( an upstanding citizen) wish death on anyone? For your information I've spoken with Chief Sweeney 3 times in the last 4 yrs with my concerns about the crime in Livermore and he listened and we had a great conversation. Chief Sweeney is passionate about what he does and I respect him highly. For the record I'm involved in a neighborhood watch and volunteer in the community regularly both physically and financially. I strongly suggest you shut your pie hole or grow a pair.
Harry Callahan April 14, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Voice, I'm CPR, AED, and Basic First Aide Certified. Despite what you think of me if you needed any of the above I wouldn't hesitate. Do you know why? It's not my job, it's just who I am.
Ly April 14, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I'm embarrassed to be an adult, if this is how adults act. Wow, guys! On another note, I heard from a friend that read the newspaper article, that the victim in the vehicle was wearing a red bandana and that's why they were targeted? Did anyone else read that? Could this incident and the earlier incident of a man being jumped for wearing a red A's hat, be connected? Also, I wonder if any words were exchanged prior to the shooting? It seems like a lot to happen (suspects notice red bandana while walking down the street, have time to shoot while car has enough time to react and run stop sign) without something prior happening to the shooting. The more I find out, the more questions I have!
voice of reason April 15, 2012 at 03:08 AM
more like ADHD Harry. You are the last person I would call. Keep beating your chest and you might injure yourself.
Mary April 15, 2012 at 05:15 PM
The chief takes his direction from the city. In the past we have communicated that traffic issues were our number one problem. We dissolved our police gang unit approx two years ago. Since that time gang activity has increased dramatically. It's time to take action and move forward. We need to form a group,"residence against violence" (one suggestion) and head to the city. The chief will change direction and focus on the gang activity once he gets the order.
Mary April 15, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Next city council meeting is Monday, April 23rd at 7pm. Location: 3575 Pacific Ave in Livermore. If you wish to speak during the meeting, fill out a speaker card located in the lobby beforehand. You will then be able to speak during the citizen’s forum. You have three minutes to speak. The city doesn’t want 120 people to speak….we are limited on time. Let’s get a group of residence who are good communicators/speakers, (no tangents). We need to specifically ask for the gang unit reinstated, we don’t want extra patrols. If you’re in, please come to the next meeting. To speak you will need to state your name and address. The city council will not act during the same evening; they will listen to our issue/concerns. The city council will follow-up with us at a later date to lets us know the actions taken. Here's more on the process: http://www.cityoflivermore.net/citygov/council/procedures.asp
Mark Tarte April 16, 2012 at 03:42 AM
I suggest to those that are posting ask the city council why they are spending more money for the roadway/course realignments for the Paragon Mall and why we now only have 83 sworn officers, down from 2003 when we had 95 officers. The population of the city is close to 90,000. The AVERAGE* number of sworn personnel (badged police officers) in the US is 1.8 officers per 1000 population in cities between 50,000 to 99,000 population. For Livermore, that would be about 153 officers. Right now, the average in Livermore per 1000 population is approximately 0.98 officers. We can spend money frivolously on downtown, BART "studies" and additional monies for Paragon roadway/Las Positas Golf course realignments, but they have asked all city employees to take cuts in pay, which they have several times and the police in particular have not been allowed to replace those officers lost to retirement or attrition. Any police department in the same situation as LPD would find it necessary to disband special units, such as gang units, to bolster their primary mission of patrol. The good thing is the gang officers are still there, but they now have other duties as regular patrol officers. I suggest people ask the city council about the daily calls for service that the police handle and ask why they have allowed the PD to drop well below the national average for officers per population. Source: www.theiacp.org and www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs.
patty robins April 16, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Thanks, Mark
John Marchand April 17, 2012 at 03:55 AM
My thanks to Glenn Stewart who sent me a quote from one of the Patch posts about the shots that were fired last Sunday in the Walnut Street area. I looked up the article and followed the rest of the posts. While the posts seemed to start out as a call to action, in the end, no one initiated anything. Therefore, I will host the first meeting to form a neighborhood watch group for the Walnut Street area if there is any interest. The meeting will be this Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 in the evening at the City Council Chambers on 3575 Pacific Avenue. Please let me know if you will be attending by calling 925-960-4020. Mayor John Marchand
Bryon Bruce April 17, 2012 at 05:14 AM
How in the world do we develop a sense of community. The people of livermore need to get up off there lazy asses and help. The police are there to do law enforcement. We have a community of latinos in livermore, are they a part of the new livermore. Or do you want the police to try and drive wedge between us and them?
Ly April 17, 2012 at 06:08 AM
I am unavailable to attend the meeting this Thursday but would like to participate in the future.
Trader Lu April 17, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Thank you Mayor Marchand for stepping up.
Rich Buckley April 17, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Neighborhood Watch can now be further augmented and enhanced area by area through the use of free "Nextdoor" associations. A few of us in the downtown are setting up the first trial area in Livermore, ... Join us if you like: https://downtownlivermore.nextdoor.com/login/ One of the free uses is business which helps get them going. But you just need to create one on boundaries you decide you want. Just map out whatever neighborhood you want, file it and have neighbors join. Couple that with the free "Nixie" electronic reporting system that reports police actions and alerts as soon as the police are called and it gives a neighborhood near instantaneous networking and organizational ability. There's no telling how many ways these free services can be tied together.
S6Smith April 17, 2012 at 06:19 PM
What are those ideas in doing so, Byron?
S6Smith April 17, 2012 at 06:19 PM
What are those ideas in doing so, Byron?
Robert April 17, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Great info thanks Mark
Robert April 17, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I know I don't have to mention this but as long as we don't have a 'Zimmerman' moment, we'll be fine!
Maureen April 18, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Thank you Mayor Marchand for taking the initiative to host this meeting and to show the community how much you care!
Mark Tarte April 18, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Good job Mr. Mayor.
patty robins April 19, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Try to stay positive, Bryon....this recent action and activity seems new to Livermore ......let's be supportive, vocal and involved the best way we can, thus be welcoming to all.
patty robins April 19, 2012 at 11:08 PM
all interested, Please attend THursday night meeting at City council room ....6:30 pm ....
patty robins April 20, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I think all questions could have been easily answered IF more than 10 LIvermore citizens would have attended a very open informative meeting with Chief Sweeny, Mayor Marchand, Neighborhood Watch leads, School Truant officer , and Kris from Patch ....not sure how any suggested community Group be formed when such low attendance is a result of an advertised community meeting. Some of Marks guestions were answered, last night.
Mark Tarte April 21, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Is there going to be a followup meeting? I would like to attend as well, but work conflicts too many times, like last night.
Kristofer Noceda (Editor) April 21, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Hi Mark. I'm not sure if a follow-up meeting was scheduled but will check and let you know as soon as I find out. I think it's up to residents at this point to schedule any future meeting and creating an actual Neighborhood Watch. Thanks
Bay Area Patch Reader April 25, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Does anyone know what happened on North N/Park Street around 9:30? Saw 4 cops and nothing else.


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