Alameda Man Shot in Robbery Attempt in His Apartment

An Alameda man was critically wounded Monday night when he was shot by two armed men who came to his apartment to steal guns, police said. A police lieutenant said the victim was listed in stable condition as of Tuesday.

An Alameda man underwent surgery Monday night after he was shot in his South Shore apartment during a robbery attempt by two men, according to Alameda police.

Police said the 40-year-old man was in stable condition at Highland Hospital as of Tuesday after the shooting in the 2000 block of Franciscan Way shortly before 7:25 p.m. Monday.

The victim was shot in the lower back when he tried to retrieve his own gun to defend himself against the men who confronted him, saying they had come to take guns kept at the apartment, said police Lt. Ted Horlbeck.

The suspects, who fled without taking anything, were described as black males aged 20-25, one wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and the other a gray hooded sweatshirt, Horlbeck said.

Two women apparently visited the apartment shortly before the shooting, Horlbeck said.

In a second incident Monday night, a man was robbed by a gunman in the 1500 block of Ninth Street about 8:30 p.m., Horlbeck said.

The victim had gone out to his car when confronted by a robber who was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money, Horlbeck said. The victim said he had no money. The robber took a necklace from the man and was last seen going over a fence toward Santa Clara Avenue, Horlbeck said.

The robber was described as a black male, aged 20-30, wearing a black coat and black baseball cap.

There was no indication the two incidents were related, police said.

Anyone with information about either case is urged to contact Alameda police at 510-337-8340.

concerned homebuyer February 13, 2013 at 06:58 PM
What is going on ??? What is happening to Alameda? We are in the process of looking for a home to purchase... however, these increasingly frequent robberies and now home invasions are making me reconsider.
hobnob February 13, 2013 at 07:48 PM
I understand your concern, I have lived in Alameda for over 7 years and crime is definitely on the rise. I think people are getting more desperate and crime is pouring in from Oakalnd. Also, I just recently found out we had low-income housing in the naval base that doesn't seem to be public knowledge b/c it was the first time I heard of it. A friend of mine who was working in that area said she was harrassed while working and felt threatened for her life... these are things I don't associate with Alameda at all. I don't know how we're going to stop/reduce crime in Alameda, seems to be pouring into the areas where there aren't quick getaways as well.
J.R. February 13, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Our city has the police more focused no giving tickets and less on solving day to day crimes like stolen vehicles or vehicles being broken into. If you start publicizing arrests made for the property crimes then the thieves will start to learn that Alamed is not the place for them.
Alamedian February 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM
All APD has ever done is write tickets.
Lesley Ann Abernathy February 13, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Does anyone know if the home was broken in to or if the victim willingly let the intruders in?
Michael February 14, 2013 at 02:42 AM
Alameda is turning into south oakland. I rarely see a patrol car in my neighborhood. How many of these crimes do the local police really solve? How many of the local police actually patrol? It doesn't surprise me that things just keep getting crazier and crazier. One word of advice: NEVER open your door to a stranger.
Pat Sahadi February 14, 2013 at 06:55 AM
You must have been living aunder a rock! Housing has been there for quite awhile now.
Al A. Meda February 14, 2013 at 01:45 PM
I've lived in Alameda for over 20 years and there has always been crime, but the increase seems related to both the recession and society's problems in general. It's still a far far safer place than surrounding cities. I live 4 blocks from the police station for that very reason.
Doug Biggs February 14, 2013 at 04:55 PM
APC has 200 units of supportive housing at Alameda Point for homeless and formerly homeless families and individuals. Most of the residents are disabled and/or survivors of domestic violence or veterans. APC was started in 1999 and over the last decade has helped hundreds of families end generational cycles of homelessness. Residents of APC tend to be very responsible and dedicated to building self sufficiency. 95% of the residents pay rent on time, and over 90% successfully maintain permanent housing. Out of the 12 graduates of the latest on the job training group, 7 found employment 3 are going on to further their education, and 2 are continuing in other training programs at APC. Hobnob, you may not have heard of APC, but hopefully you have heard of Ploughshares Nursery, an award wining retail plant nursery that sells high quality plants, and employs residents. Maybe you've heard of Changing Gears Bike Shop. One of APC's first social enterprises, it is now an independent, self sufficient shop that also employs residents, and has some of the best deals on used bikes around. APC residents aren't shy, and aren't afraid to say hello. Unfortunately, even today some people feel threatened by that simple act of neighborliness. We hate the thought that we are still not "public knowledge" because we are incredibly proud of what we have accomplished. Check out our website at www.apcollaborative.org to learn more.
Avrage Guy February 14, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Crime is increasing everywhere, not just Alameda. Low income housing has been around for a long time, here in Alameda, but that certainly is not a cause for crime. The influx of young teens from Oakland has had a big impact on our city, but we can't close the tubes or raise the bridges. We all have to keep an eye open for crime and b e careful where we go, and what we do. Alameda is a great town. You'd be lucky to live here.
Avrage Guy February 14, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Good comment.
Mike Noonan February 14, 2013 at 11:04 PM
I wanted to take the time to weigh in on some of the concerns posted regarding this story. In particular the concern about what is happening in the City of Alameda. Alameda has been, and remains a very safe community. Alameda is a wonderful community for families and businesses to thrive because it is a safe community. This incident was obviously very troubling and concerning to us. However, this type of crime/shooting is not the norm in the City of Alameda. Like most cities, Alameda does experience its share of street robberies. We are always working on focusing enforcement strategies to address these crimes. In 2012, Robberies were down 14.9% In 2012, Assaults were down 28.9% In 2012, overall crime was down 4.7%. This is a trend that has continued for a few years now. In comparison to a lot of cities, Alameda does enjoy a relatively low crime rate. This is contributed to by the relationship with the community and the citizens' desire to work with us in reporting and solving these crimes. Alameda remains a wonderful, safe community. Mike Noonan, Chief of Police
Mark Irons February 15, 2013 at 12:39 AM
thank you Chief Noonan for using facts to help balance false perceptions such as crime "seems to be pouring" into Alameda from Oakland. Those figures surprised me.
Michael February 15, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Is there a breakdown by neighborhood or sector?
Mike Noonan February 15, 2013 at 02:35 AM
Yes, if you go to our website, there is a crime map link that breaks down crimes and calls. If you have difficulty navigating, we would be more than happy to help you.
hobnob February 15, 2013 at 03:44 AM
I'm not saying I don't love Alameda, I do... I am a homeowner and resident... it's just disturbing to me b/c my perception of Alameda has been hit with a dose of reality. It is still a family friendly place to live, but I live within blocks of this crime where a person was shot and the armed robbery last week. I guess these 2 incidents just hit way more close to home and I'm taking it personally. Burglaries and petty crime are important too, but it's different when weapons being used against the victims are involved. I'm invested in Alameda, I want to know what the plan is to reduce these things from happening so we can continue to keep it a great place to live.
Alamedian February 15, 2013 at 06:21 PM
If you're talking about http://www.crimemapping.com/map/ca/alameda it doesn't have data going back far enough to recreate your stats. It also appears to understate the severity of crimes, such as the one from this article: It logs it as a simple "burglary", instead of an assault, or more accurately an attempted murder, but there's not even a category for that.
virgo February 15, 2013 at 08:53 PM
i wouldn't be too worried about that apartment robbery/shooting. it sounds like the guy was targeted (not random) since they knew he had guns in his apartment. i'm also guessing the 2 women who were at his place shortly beforehand had something to do with it.
Michael February 15, 2013 at 11:26 PM
If someone is shot and in critrical condition why is the APD reporting this as a house burglary? Who reviews these reports to make sure that they are accurate? How can we trust that these statistics represent the true condition of crime in Alameda?
Joe LoParo February 16, 2013 at 02:53 AM
It should be a concern when someone is shot not only within a few blocks of your home, but should also concern all Alameda residents. We all need to be aware of our surroundings, your neighborhood and the complex's you live in. Report suspicious activity, if you turn a blind eye and ignore the happenings around you, aren't you also partially responsible As far as "low income residents"/APC is concerned. I was fortunate enough to be able to donate my skills and time to assist in the retrofitting, of one of the once military housing units into a youth center. Working there for several months on and off, I found the residents respectful, pleasant and mostly friendly. The kids were the same, they came to help and worked hard. It is the interaction between all of us that builds the bonds that make a community, and by labeling groups and or areas with particular stereotypes is bad for that very goal we should all strive for. Whether it be a low income or a high wage earner we all live within a small geographical area here in Alameda. And I myself consider myself lucky to have been stationed here at NAS Alameda in the 70's . if i hadn't I wouldn't have been so fortunate to live in such a great community. “It's very dramatic when two people come together to work something out. It's easy to take a gun and annihilate your opposition. But what is really exciting to me, is to see people with differing views come together and finally respect each other.” Author Unknown
dave February 16, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Chief Noonan, If you're still watching, a question about crime stats. It is widely assumed that much crime in Alameda is committed by people from Oakland. Given Oakland's very high crime rate it's a natural assumption, but is there any date to back it up? Does APD keep records of criminals' residency?
Jack Mingo February 18, 2013 at 02:34 PM
I too want to stand up for the low-income residents at the Naval Air Station and the program Doug Biggs has every reason to be proud of. I have lived a few blocks from the program for nine years, have worked as a volunteer with a group of its teens (I helped them start some beehives a few years ago), and have had plenty of casual interactions with its residents. They are good neighbors and an asset to our community. It is not the time to panic about Alameda. It is a very safe place, which makes it all the more jarring when there's a disturbing event now and again. It seems that in the 28 years I've lived here, there has been a murder, tragic house fire, or other disturbing event every few years. Most of the murders have been between friends, acquaintances or family members. So it goes.
Jack Mingo February 18, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Frankly, too, Alameda's relative safety is no excuse for acting unwisely. It appears from the reports so far that the victim was targeted by acquaintances or friends of acquaintances. Whether owning guns in an apartment building shows dubious judgment, they are something that criminals like to steal. Displaying or bragging about them to casual acquaintances who might have sketchy friends is probably a bad idea. And if somebody has you at gunpoint, lunging for a gun to shoot them is going to get you shot, even if no violence beyond burglary was intended. (In fact, in some states the Stand Your Ground laws as written would give the shooter a free pass because he had every reason to feel threatened.)
Michael Williams February 20, 2013 at 06:41 AM
Two incidents: One in which the unarmed victim got away safely. The other in which the victim was targeted because of his guns and shot because he tried to use one. I don't think this will get into the NRA newsletter.
Leonard Kenney February 23, 2013 at 12:59 AM
Do you think the crime against innocents would drop if the criminals thought that every potential victim might be equipped with a handgun to kill them? Or is it more likely that they know the gun laws are so strict that the likelihood of encountering someone who is capable of defending themselves is next to nil?
Mark Irons February 23, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Leonard, if we had concealed carry laws like Florida it might deter some people, but others might just be more inclined to do physical harm to their victims to insure they couldn't draw first, don't you think? Thug mentality. My expectation would be that proliferation of concealed weapons permits encourages a wild west mentality where more bullets fly at random and more innocents are hurt. Over all, the stats don't seem to bear that out, but I think the concealed permit is an extension of vigilante mentality, which does not make me feel safer. Some would disagree, but Trayvon Martin not among them. Florida recently reached 1 million concealed permits, over 150,000 apparently non-residents using reciprocity laws to skirt lack of concealed permits in their own states. Just did a brief Google search on the subject for stats and couldn't find anything definitive. This quote is admittedly out of context, but you all can do your own searches. : "Gary Kleck, a Florida State criminology professor who has studied the link between guns and crime, cautions against tying recent declines in firearm violence to more gun permits." Conversely, he also cautions against concluding more gun laws will achieve less gun crime, but one area of agreement by so called experts in reducing gun violence seems to be more registration of ownership and better mental health back ground checks. I can't see any objection to these two basic regulations as defensible.
JSanders April 11, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Don't purchase in Alameda. I have lived here for 15 years, and own multiple properties on the island. I will soon be selling many of them. The reason? The city government seems to only be interested in two things these days: 1) giving themselves and their firefighter/police friends raises and 2) building low income housing all over the island. I am all for helping poor people out, but we should recognize that Alameda is a premium location and many people such as yourself work hard and take great risks in purchasing a home here. Those who are low income or homeless can live in other cities where the prices are lower and land is more plentiful. One example is the Alameda Point Collaborative, which helps homeless people find housing on Alameda point. Homeless people, by definition, do not have jobs. Do they really need to live in Alameda, where many hardworking families pay a premium price to be closer to work in SF, Oakland, Berkeley? Think about it. New developments in Alameda now get density bonuses encouraging them to build more units. Normally, developers have to fight to build higher density - our city is encouraging it, so long as the units are low income. All the while, they constantly seek to raise taxes on Alameda homeowners. Bottom line: Alameda is no longer a city that is friendly to families and the middle class.
JSanders April 11, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Doug Biggs, You seem the be the leader of APC. I congratulate you on working for a noble cause and commend your dedication. But, may I ask you several questions: 1) Many middle class families work hard, save money, and take great risk in purchasing a home in Alameda so that they can be close to work in the surrounding areas and their children can attend good schools. As such, Alameda is a premium location with high housing prices and scarce land. Do homeless people really need to live here, of all places? Could they not live in places that are slightly farther away where land is more plentiful and housing is cheaper? 2) More directly: would it not be lower cost and more efficient to provide housing for the homeless in areas where housing costs are lower, and not Alameda? Areas such as Concord, Brentwood, etc? The homeless could be trained for job skills there, then move to where they find jobs. 3) The land that APC occupies is extremely valuable - million dollar homes have been built next to it. Why are the homeless people that you help more deserving of using that land than middle class families struggling to find housing and good schools for their children? If the land were to be allocated according to the fair open market, it would be more fair to all. Thank you for your time.


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