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Police: Pleasanton man arrested after shooting 100 bullets in his house; some hit neighbor homes

Original post made on Apr 24, 2021

A Pleasanton man was taken into custody on Friday night after police allege he fired around 100 rifle rounds inside his house, with several of the bullets entering nearby homes.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10:54 AM

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 24, 2021 at 1:30 pm

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I credit the police and their professional work ethic in taking down a suspect without firing a shot and without injuries to anyone. This is a suspect that fired more than one hundred shots into the neighborhood from the inside of his residence. Many citizens in the neighborhood feared for their life's through this ordeal. They called, they texted, their ordeal to their family members and friends while this incident occurred, and after the suspect was arrested.


Posted by Jen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 25, 2021 at 2:01 am

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First of all this Pleasanton family are very well liked, they are good people with lots of friends in the community and there has never been any issues. We will continue to pray for their peace of mind and the dads mental health. The Dad is a good guy and a Veteran who served our country. The many friends they have in the neighborhood love and support them. Most of us were already asleep and had no idea anything was happening. Others up late could not even hear the shots over thier TVs. There was a group of looky-loos who did not fear for thier lives at all because they stayed on the street corner talking amongst themselves until about 11:30pm even tho they were told to go home, they just walked down the street further to visit. At no time did my household or any household I know that live here “fear for our lives”. We are keeping them in our prayers and thank God no one was hurt. We hope the husband is able to get the help he needs and think with the support of friends, family in this awesome Pleasanton community they will be able to move-on and heal from this.


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 25, 2021 at 7:57 am

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Text message we received:

"I was scared, so many gun shots, someone banging on my door, I don't answer, scared someone will kill me".

There were multiple text messages.

Gun shots were heard one mile north of the location, we thought it was from the fairgrounds.


Posted by j0hnwi11iams
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 25, 2021 at 11:02 am

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Unfortunately the people who need help the most are often the ones last to seek it. We need to shift paradigms concerning mental health, instead of treating people who volunteer themselves as being mentally ill, we need to promote mental fitness and resiliency. People go to the gym for hours, not because they a sick, but they want to be physically fit. We need to promote mental fitness as a positive thing you can do to enhance the quality of your life, not mental illness which has a terrible stigma attached to it. People seeking to enhance their mental fitness should not be barred from owning a gun, because it sets up a perverse motivation. We want to create a society where people are motivated to become mentally fit before acting out their delusions.


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 25, 2021 at 11:26 am

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Fact:
More than 100 rounds were fired from a weapon.
That would require reloading the weapon two or more times.
That would require the accumulation of ammunition.
The accumulation of ammunition was a thought process...a plan or premeditation.

Questions for anyone that wishes to answer.

How does mental illness affect criminal behavior?

Explain how mental illness contributed to criminal behavior...if it did?

Regardless of the shooters status in the community, he was an immediate threat to the health and well being of innocent people.


Posted by Bay Area Native
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 25, 2021 at 11:59 am

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For those who want to de-fund the police and/or have unarmed "professionals" deal with folks experiencing a mental health crisis explain how you would handle this one. I agree that we need better approaches and resources to manage mental health. That doses not preclude the need for police officers to neutralize individuals who are a threat to others, regardless of why the person is a threat (criminal intent or mental health issue).


Posted by Jen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 25, 2021 at 3:10 pm

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Michael Austin I can usually appreciate your past posts or comments on the PW, unfortunately the details PW posted are incorrect from wherever they got them. IT IS NOT FACT there were not 100 bullets. There were under 30 bullets shot. The official count is under 30. There are always gunshots up in the ridge just about everyday as property owners target shoot around here. When our tvs are on or we are asleep you can’t even hear them. Have a nice day Michael.
I will post again:
First of all this Pleasanton family are very well liked, they are good people with lots of friends in the community and there has never been any issues. We will continue to pray for their peace of mind and the dads mental health. The Dad is a good guy and a Veteran who served our country. The many friends they have in the neighborhood love and support them. Most of us were already asleep and had no idea anything was happening. Others up late could not even hear the shots over thier TVs. There was a group of looky-loos who did not fear for thier lives at all because they stayed on the street corner talking amongst themselves until about 11:30pm even tho they were told to go home, they just walked down the street further to visit. At no time did my household or any household I know that live here “fear for our lives”. We are keeping them in our prayers and thank God no one was hurt. We hope the husband is able to get the help he needs and think with the support of friends, family in this awesome Pleasanton community they will be able to move-on and heal from this. Also the Pleasanton police and their tactical group did an exceptional job. Thank you Pleasanton PD we respect and appreciate you!


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 25, 2021 at 4:21 pm

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I stand by my comment:

The first picture I viewed as received in text message showed the full wrought iron balcony, there are bullet holes on the left side of that wrought iron balcony, and there are bullet holes on the right side of that wrought iron balcony. That picture I was able to count just over 100 bullet holes.

There is a second picture from a San Francisco news outlet, shows the right side of that balcony only and another window, there are just over forty bullet holes in that picture.

There is a third undetermined picture from anther San Francisco news outlet that shows a cluster of approximately 30 plus bullet holes.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Apr 25, 2021 at 5:31 pm

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B.A.N. "The suspect voluntarily exited his home. Officers de-escalated a tense situation and safely took him into custody." It appears the officers used the proper approach.


Posted by Dr. Rhonda
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 26, 2021 at 10:57 am

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I was wide awake There were more than 30 shots And this has nothing to do with this was a nice guy MENTAL ILLNESS IS REAL! All I could think about was:
1. Pray and I called friends to pray
2. Protect myself
3. Ignorance of people standing outside
4. What if this was a Black man Would he been able to shoot 30-100 shots and made it out alive
5. Why does ANYONE in the world need to own a gun that shoots multiple rounds
6. Whenever MENTAL ILLNESS is the real issue WHY does the person have to be shot at and die
7. Multiple round guns and Mental illness are NOT political they are REALITY and until WE ALL realize that this 1 incident in little old Pleasanton was serious This will be the NEW NORMAL


Posted by cookiefan
a resident of Dublin
on Apr 26, 2021 at 11:58 am

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Whoa, this topic, this event is raging across our country. Many of us could respond to this in volumes.

Mental illness and gun; huge topic and it appears it continues to get pushed back from the forefront every time it comes up. But we continue to place ourselves at risk and look the other way. This particular event has few facts and details, but I think we have seen this before many times! Most of the time it just didn't suddenly become an issue. Family, friends, doctors, neighbors..etc, probably knew the individual needed more help, but kept quiet about gun ownership, access to guns, ammo...could they have said something, could have reached out, were there other police calls at that address where maybe a little more inquiry could have revealed a developing situation? Was it ignored, were indications hidden, ignored, or considered a "private family matter?" How about this, will someone hire an attorney and seek to get the guns back? There's been comments about criminal conduct, by the individual involved, how about those that stood by the sidelines, that could have come forward? Yes, absolutely it's difficult to report on a friend or loved one. Maybe the meds, could help or prevented such an occurrence, does that mean he could go out a make a gun purchase? Does being a good citizen, veteran, great ties in the community, gun ownership classes.. trump his mental health condition? This is just the tip of the proverbial "Iceberg." This a sleep community, not much publicity here, especially since this event will not get media attention. Do we reach out to our local politician? Will we see anything getting done in our life time.


Posted by Jen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2021 at 2:28 pm

Jen is a registered user.

Michael Austin, at the time I had only seen the side you were referencing with the thirty, I do stand corrected. Your right there were more and the article is correct in regards to the count yes. Thank you for pointing that out!


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