A man was shot overnight during a confrontation after he attempted to catch the license plate number of a vehicle that was doing donuts at an intersection in central Livermore, city police confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.
The victim, a 40-year-old man, was taken to an area hospital and treated for injuries that were considered non-life-threatening, according to Livermore police spokesperson Azenith Smith.
Police located the suspect vehicle a short time after the gunfire and arrested the 20-year-old driver, Smith said.
The situation unfolded just after midnight Wednesday, when police received reports of several vehicles driving recklessly at Chestnut and North M streets. "When officers were approaching the area, they heard gunshots," and they located one person in the 2000 block of Chestnut Avenue who had been shot, Smith said.
The investigation revealed the reckless driving involved one car doing donuts as it was leaving the neighborhood, Smith said. She noted that a reported sideshow in the area of Chestnut and P streets one night earlier -- the subject of video circulating on social media -- is unrelated to the midnight Wednesday incident.
The victim was in his vehicle and attempting to get the license plate information of the car that was doing donuts when a confrontation occurred between the victim and the other driver, Smith said.
"As the victim tried to drive away, he heard gunshots and was struck by a bullet that came into his car from the rear," Smith said. "We are not releasing information about him at this time to protect his identity. He went to the hospital and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries."
Officers found and pursued the suspect vehicle for a short distance to the area of Murrieta Boulevard and Alameda Drive and arrested the driver, a 20-year-old man from Livermore, on suspicion of evading police. Smith said additional charges against the man are pending further investigation.
"Reckless driving will not be tolerated in Livermore and there will be increased patrols in the area looking for those who violate the law," Smith said.
Anyone with information about Wednesday's incident can call the Livermore police tip line at 925-371-4790. Any photos or videos of the incident can be shared with investigators via this link or a QR code that the department is circulating on social media.
The arrestee's name is being withheld from this article in accordance with Embarcadero Media's policy on identifying suspects before prosecutors file formal charges for certain crimes.