Police Log: Shootout reported in southwest Tracy
by TP staff
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A man was allegedly shot once in the left leg and took himself to a local hospital Sunday, March 31.

Witnesses reported at 1:04 p.m. that gunshots were exchanged between passengers of a Toyota Camry and a Ford F-150 in the area of Corral Hollow and Schulte roads.

According to witnesses, four or five gunshots were heard, and then glass on the Camry was seen shattering.

One witness “heard several pops, saw several streaks of blue,” according to the police log.

The vehicles were last scene traveling west on Schulte Road toward Lammers Road.

The back passenger of the Camry — which had at least three occupants — was allegedly seen “shooting back” at the Ford truck.

At 1:33 p.m., employees at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital reported that a man had checked into the hospital with a gunshot to the leg. He was allegedly being “evasive” when telling employees that he was shot while walking in an unknown area.

He was accompanied by a friend, but it was unclear if these men were riding in one of the vehicles, or if they were involved in the alleged shooting.

Police searched the area for both vehicles, but were unable to locate them. The Camry is described as having “large rims.”

Tracy police received 427 calls from Friday, March 29, to Sunday, March 31. The following is a sample of those reports.



Sunday

6:46 p.m.: Several people were allegedly staying at a vacant residence on the 100 block of Second Street. A 43-year-old man was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Stockton police.



Saturday

12:52 a.m.: Police responded to the 2300 block of Galway Court where a 15-year-old teenager was allegedly lying in the street after being knocked out during a fight at a house party. Witnesses said the teen was punched, and was bleeding in the street. About six people were fighting, according to witnesses. The teen was taken to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital for undisclosed injuries. A 24-year-old male also checked himself into the same hospital with undisclosed injuries. About 20 minutes after the initial call, police located a white van driving in the area of the fight, and arrested its driver. The 23-year-old man was charged with public intoxication. It’s unclear if he played a role in the alleged fight.

2:35 a.m.: Officers arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence. A two-door Acura RSX was towed form the scene, the log indicates.

9:39 a.m.: Residents on the 800 block of Saddleback Court reported hearing a mother yelling at her four children and hitting them with a belt. A complainant reported hearing children crying as the belt struck them. Officers arrived and found no red marks on the children. A 2-year-old was seen running around the house without a diaper, and hitting the walls. The child was reportedly being potty-trained.

2:33 p.m.: A man was allegedly seen digging a hole in a field in the area Byron and Lammers roads. The complainant was concerned because the man was alone and it wasn’t a regular work day. Officers were unable to locate him when the area was checked.



Friday

2:03 a.m.: Officers arrested two teenagers who were allegedly looking into vehicles and driving recklessly in the area of Eighth and F streets. It’s unclear if the teens were charged with a crime.

2:40 p.m.: Medical assistance was required by a man who was seen hitting a pole while riding his bicycle. A witness reported seeing blood coming from the back of the man’s head. He was transported to a hospital for care.

5:12 p.m.: A 22-year-old man was arrested for burglary for allegedly trying to steal merchandise from Target, 2800 Naglee Road. The man reportedly ran across the westbound lanes of Interstate 205, before police lost sight of him. He was located in Popeye’s, 2271 W. Grant Line Road, where officers arrested him at gunpoint. The man allegedly left the merchandise in a planter. The log indicated it was recovered.

10:52 p.m.: A 15-year-old girl was arrested at Dr. Powers Park, 900 W. Lowell Ave. The teen was reportedly with a group of people at the park, who were allegedly smashing bottles and being loud. It’s unclear if the girl was charged with a crime, or if anyone else was arrested.

• This column includes a sample of items as reported in the Tracy Police Department dispatcher’s daily log. Additional information is based on reports from officers and other law enforcement agencies. All those arrested are assumed innocent until proven guilty, and charges may have been dropped or added as of publication. To report information anonymously about a crime: Crime Stoppers, 831-6847.

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debbdaves
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April 04, 2013
Too bad we can no longer blame it on Janet Thiesan!
backinblack
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April 03, 2013
A friend of mine who lives in Tracy is an officer with Hayward PD and he says what goes on here is nothing compared to areas over the hill. My parents live in the Mission San Jose area of Fremont and my mom is always talking about stuff going on in Fremont. JayyKayy and bobrod have it right, it's everywhere.

To solve the problem everyone needs to realize we are regressing as a society - it's not limited to Tracy or any specific place. Sadly, too many people don't want to face reality. In Tracy we know what the offenders look like in most of these cases so start profiling, do sweeps, enact & enforce curfews.

As citizens be cognizant at all times, don't leave your garage door opener in a vehicle left outside, don't leave items in the open, etc. If law enforcement can put the heat on and we as citizens do our best to not become victims of opportunity, things will hopefully get too tough on the miscreants and they'll go elsewhere.

Cisco, no offense but I've been reading comments from you for at least two years where you opine about going back to Dublin or wherever, why not go already? If it's that bad take what you can get for your house and move. Geez.

JayyKayy
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April 04, 2013
AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!

JayyKayy
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April 03, 2013
Everyone needs to go spend a few hours in Hayward, San Leandro, Oakland...then we can talk about how bad Tracy is. I can still walk my dog at 9pm without worrying here. There are idiots that cause trouble everywhere, which is very unfortunate, but it seems to me, in comparison to other cities, not that far from ours, it is much much worse.
bobrod
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April 03, 2013
JK-Thats true, its isn't as widespread as the east bay, or even parts of CoCo County. But the behavior is the same. Maybe not as common as the above mentioned areas, but it is alive and well here in poe-dunk Tracy. There are idiots everywhere and for the most part you are right, we can still walk our dogs at 9 pm and feel safe. The point is-it may just take one incident to change your mind. It may take one incident to change your life, so be aware of your surroundings when you are out. Pick up a can of pepper spray, its better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
108MW
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April 03, 2013
Been to those areas and that's exactly why people are complaining about T town. Nobody wants it to go that far but we do see it edging towards Stockton. And when we make comparisons to Tracy why do we always go to the lowest common denominator like Hayward, San Pablo, Oakland. Let's raise the bar and compare it to say Pleasanton, San Ramon, something nicer. Tracy isn't as bad (yet) as Oakland but it isn't as safe as Pleasanton. Because doing so proves that Tracy is in a state of decline not improvement and anybody who has been here for 20 years can honestly attest to that fact. If your comparison is Oakland, then yes. Tracy isn't that bad but if your standard is something safer, then Tracy is becoming that bad. I for one do not feel safe walking at 9 at night. No way. I see characters walking around my once nice neighborhood at all hours of the day including 4 a.m. Whenever we use the scummiest cities to state the condition of our own city, you can rest assured it is not an up and coming community. We must try to aspire to be like those safer cities and mimic the good qualities they have. Using low standards as measurement never has a prosperous outcome.

ChrisRoberts
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April 03, 2013
JayyKayy, I used to think like you until a drive by shooting happened in my neighborhood, right as I was outside smoking a cigarette.

And I live right across from Raleys and Walgreens in a nice area.
JayyKayy
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April 04, 2013
I am comparing to those areas because they have similar demographics to Tracy's. You can't compare Pleasanton, San Ramon and such because they simply are not the same. The housing prices are sometimes double what houses go for in Tracy. The average household income is much more than Tracy. Tracy is much more diverse than Pleasanton or San Ramon. I agree we should set the standard higher, but you can't compare apples to oranges.
JayyKayy
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April 04, 2013
ChrisRoberts, I live the same area as you apparently. I also grew up in Hayward where in broad daylight in my "nice" neighborhood, my neighbor was killed by a stray bullet while watering his lawn. Hence the reason we moved to Tracy. I'd still take Tracy any day.
108MW
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April 04, 2013
JayyKayy, perhaps I'm missing something here. I don't believe anyone has compared Tracy to Oakland in the sense that it is just as bad. I think everyone here agrees it clearly is not. What we are concerned with is watching it spiral downwards into something that is more similar to Oakland more so than a safer community like Pleasanton. It would be very naive of anyone to think there are places where there is no crime for sure. But the concerns that people are posting here are legitimate and alarming when you see it getting worse and not better. Perhaps splitting hairs but Pleasanton and cities like that don't seem to be deteriorating like Tracy is. And the demographics do make a difference but that doesn't make people who are not feeling safe here unreasonably on alert. There's nothing wrong with attempting to imitate what those safer cities are doing. Pleasanton is inviting tech jobs from all over the world which elevates incomes. Might be a good idea to copy that.
JayyKayy
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April 05, 2013
Agreed, And I see that no one is comparing Tracy to Oakland, but you stated "And when we make comparisons to Tracy why do we always go to the lowest common denominator like Hayward, San Pablo, Oakland." I was simply stating the reasons why I was using those cities in comparison to Tracy. Tracy is still considered a safe city to live in. I work for the DOJ gathering violent crime statistics for cities in 22 counties in Northern California. So without boring you with all of the numbers, I can tell you that Tracy is not that far off from Pleasanton. Pleasanton is currently ranked at about 60 in the safest cities in California, Tracy is ranked at 92 (this has not changed in the last few years). Oakland on the other hand is 457. I am not trying to invalidate any one's concerns. Just saying in comparison...its still not that bad.
ciscokid52
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April 02, 2013
I live in Elissagaray Ranch as some of you know and I feel very fortunate to be in this neighborhood. I haven't had anything happen to my immediate neighborhood in the near 4 years of living here but I have to tell you that every time I see TP writing an article like this, I keep thinking "wow, that could've been me or my family." I mean how many times will the crime "miss me or my loved ones"? Sooner or later, I think trouble will be knocking. Does anyone want to buy my home? It's 3,900 sq. ft and I have a great pool and everything is landscaped to a "T". Comps are between $475k-$500k. Let me know! =) Back to Pleasanton/Dublin/San Ramon for me.
Tmike98
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April 03, 2013
CiscoKid52

I lived in Elissagaray Ranch(Gilberte and Roger) and we had a drive by shooting there just last year. I have seen other crimes committed there as well. For some reason it never shows up on Tracy Press. Seems like Tracy is heading south pretty fast. To many investors are purchasing and renting this home to some questionable people. Its a great time to sell you house before the housing Bubble burst again!
backinblack
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April 02, 2013
jarbuckle, It seems a lot of people don't realize this but maybe you'll remember. The 2010 sample ballot included Ives reasoning as to why we should reelect him to another term. He talked about how Tracy was in such good shape compared to other cities due to brilliant planning and putting away for a rainy day, fine.

One problem, guess who was also one of the supporters who opined on the sample ballot as to why we needed Measure E, that's right, Ives, I think part of the reasoning included blaming the state.

My point to people back then was if you vote for Ives based on his reasoning for deserving reelection, then don't vote for E because Ives & CO are bsing us. If you vote for Measure E based on Ives & Co's reasoning then don't vote for Ives as mayor because he's bsing us.

You gotta love politicians, they tell us how great things are then turn around and ask us for more money. Oh wait, they only ask of the ones who work for what they have while giving the dregs a free ride.
ChrisRoberts
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April 02, 2013
I used to hate the Tracy Pd, largely due to the fact that I was illegally detained, when I did not even match the description of the suspect they were looking for.

But I have let that go. Ask the Cops how many times from our house we have called 911. We report suspicious activity all the time.

We try to get to know the neighbors, but when people move in and out of homes ever year it is hard to make connections. We only know other fellow long time owners. And many of them are getting elderly.

Some needs to form a take back Tracy movement, like they have down there in Santa Cruz. The residents in town are fed up with the VIOLENT CRIME AND PROPERTY CRIME.
jarbuckle
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April 02, 2013
You might want to check out the annual police reports for the last two years. Remember we passed measure E in 2010 to prevent a cutback in police patrols and services. The 2011 police annual report shows that in 2010 we had 95 sworn officers

[http://www.ci.tracy.ca.us/documents/2011_TPD_Annual_Report.pdf page 6.]



The city council cut back the number of sworn officers to 85 in 2011. Now the 2012 report shows that the number of sworn officers is currently 78. Allegedly according to Chief Hampton they cant find anybody unemployed to fill the vacant 7 positions. Yeah right.

[http://www.ci.tracy.ca.us/documents/2012_Annual_Report.pdf Page 6]

Thats 17 less officers or a 20% reduction in police presence despite the city collecting over 6 million dollars in Measure E Sales Tax Money last year.

We have been swindled by Ives and company again. I wonder why Ives didn't bring up those rosy statistics in his state of the city address. Just read the city's documents and you will know the truth. Don't listen to Ives, Maciel, Hampton or Churchill.
walkingtall
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April 02, 2013
Just asking, where is the very highly paid police chief of this city. He should be talking to the people of the city telling us folks what he is doing to makes things better. Seems he is no different than the last Police Chief we had. It seems that this Police Chief believes that "Silence is Golden". Typical Tracy Chief of Police!
doors17
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April 02, 2013
At 1:33 p.m., employees at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital reported that a man had checked into the hospital with a gunshot to the leg. He was allegedly being “evasive” when telling employees that he was shot while walking in an unknown area.

That sentence alone pretty much explains what happen here. No wonder law enforcement has such a difficult time, not just making an arrest, but getting a conviction in court. I can really sympathize and feel the frustration that they must have as I’m sure all of us do. It’s as if they actually have to be there when the crime is being committed to help put an end to this madness, even if it’s just temporary, and hopefully an innocent bystander doesn’t become a victim.

tomgreen123
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April 02, 2013
You hit the nail on the head. With police response time at 6 minutes, the only job the police have is to take a report long after the crime has been commited. The police aren't here to prevent crimes, they're here to write reports. Unless it happens in front of them, there is nothing you can do. It's your own responsibility to take your safety into your own hands and not rely on calling 9-1-1 to save you. This city is becoming a cesspool and it doesn't seem to be getting any better.
tomgreen123
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April 02, 2013
A Camry with large rims and a Ford pickup. I'll be sure to keep my eyes peeled for those rare vehicles.
Govgeek
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April 04, 2013
ROFL!
backinblack
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April 02, 2013
If it looks like a duck.........

Let's see, a Camry with rims which make a vehicle look like a clown car, occupants who I bet were dressed like thugs, and bang, bang, bang. Gee, what a surprise.

Start profiling. If kids and unfortunately some adults want to look like gang bangers, whether wannabe's or the real deal, start making life for them in Tracy uncomfortable. When the subversive ACLU comes in, tell them, hey you freaking idiots, we have a problem and we're going to fix it one way or the other.

Hopefully in the process it will make kids and parents think about how they dress so maybe next time I go to the grocery store I don't see some overweight clown with their hat on sideways and more underwear than jeans showing.

Granted some good kids dress like clowns but for the most part, if it walks like a duck...........
bobrod
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April 02, 2013
I couldn't agree with you more bib. I see the circus in town just about every day. It's too bad because Tracy usto be a nice place to live. It's a shame folks are held at bay in their own homes, and are sometimes afraid to just go to the store. It's everywhere in town too. Just the other day at the shopping center at 11th and Corral 3 thugs sitting outside the store wre bothering some guy for money, and when he said no, they looked at him like he just insulted them. At least he stood up for himself and gave the proper answer, "NO". It should be used more often in my opinion.
victor_jm
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April 02, 2013
Ditto with the "circus." The half-witted clowns who aspire to me nothing more than spectators of sports and rap degrade our society, but there is a lot of money to be made in Hades, so the propagators, pimps, prostitutes, prevaricators, parasites, parrots, propagandists, etc. enjoy the protection and apathy of an cognitively-indolent populous sedated by ignorance and delusion.

This observation isn't hyperbolic.
108MW
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April 01, 2013
This city and I do not care what trumped up statistics city officials want to pander but this city is becoming known as a gang banger town. They want to keep building cheap homes to invite revenue here but they only can sustain thugs, creeps and realtors. I live very close to where this happened and the neighborhoods that I have lived in for 15 years looks like a crap hole. No, a crap hole is beginning to look nicer.
ChrisRoberts
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April 02, 2013
Yup as soon as home values go up a bit more we are selling. This town has become such a dangerous place to live. Shootings are happening every week now.

ChrisRoberts
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April 02, 2013
Actually now that I am Checking, the house down the street from me is pending at 275,000. That is nearly a 100,000 increase from rock bottom prices. Heck if the house sells for that much maybe we will put ours up to!

Don't make the same mistake second time around! Sell and get outta dodge like we should have back in 2005!
108MW
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April 02, 2013
Couldn't agree more with you Chris. We bought a home two years ago elsewhere and will leave Tracy in a year when our daughter graduates HS. And it's unfortunate because it used to be a small, friendly farming town. I hope you find somewhere to go where you will feel safe with your family. It'd be nice to be able to take a walk after dark without feeling threatened. Maybe sell your house now with prices rising. I think home values are once again overly inflated and that bubble is going to burst once again. Best to you.
ChrisRoberts
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April 01, 2013
Shootings in the nice part of town in broad day light.

Tracy is becoming like Antioch, very unsafe to walk around any time of the day.

Thank god no one was killed by a stray bullet.
victor_jm
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April 01, 2013
Mr. Roberts,

Would you identify some of the un-nice parts of town?

Also, when you say "nice," do you mean nice appearing or is nice in reference to the people?
backinblack
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April 02, 2013
CR, I too have concerns about what goes on around here but I still feel safe. It seems most of this type of violence is miscreant against miscreant so if true at least it's not random to where we all need to walk around with our heads on a swivel. Constant cognizance, yes, paranoia, no - at least not yet.

Granted, I don't want to see any of us caught in the crossfire and hopefully city officials and the police will do whatever it takes to rid this town of it's obvious gang problem.
bobrod
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April 02, 2013
Chris, a friend of mine lives in that part of town close to where the shooting happened. That part of town usto be nice. If you live there or visit there, just sit for a while after 11pm. You will see enough shady activity to change your mind in one hour. Visit one of the neighborhood parks after hours. You will figure out who's who in the hood very quickly. Like I said earlier, it's everywhere now.
howyoudoing5
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April 01, 2013
I think that Camry lives in the yellow Apts. I have seen one with big rims going in there


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