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Police serve warrant at Pleasanton house in Belmont murder investigation

Three people detained on Blossom Court, but no arrests made in teen's slaying

Belmont police's investigation into the fatal shooting of a teenager in their city took them into Pleasanton on Tuesday afternoon.

The Pleasanton Police Department's tactical team assisted Belmont PD and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office in serving a search warrant around 4 p.m. at a house on Blossom Court, an affluent neighborhood off Sunol Boulevard. Three people were detained, but no arrests were made, according to Belmont PD Capt. Patrick Halleran.

Halleran said the warrant service was part of the department's ongoing investigation as they are pursuing "a number of promising leads," adding that specific details won't be released because it's an active investigation.

"Belmont police and allied agency investigators continue to interview witnesses and follow leads as they are developed, and additional search warrants are anticipated," Halleran said. "Specific information regarding leads or items seized is not being released due to the dynamic and ongoing nature of this investigation."

Pleasanton police officials confirmed participation in the warrant service Tuesday but declined to provide any specifics because it's a Belmont PD investigation.

The victim in the case was identified by family and friends as Redwood City resident Mohammad Othman, a 17-year-old student at Carlmont High School. Othman died of a bullet wound after being found shot at Central Elementary School in Belmont late Monday night.

Family members of Othman, a varsity football player and a senior at Carlmont, called police around 10:55 p.m. Monday requesting a wellness check on the boy who they believed was at Central Elementary.

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 Halleran.

Police have not released a description of the suspect and no arrests have been made in the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Belmont police at 650-595-7400 or police@belmont.gov.

Editor's note: Information from the Bay City News Service was used in this report.

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