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Hayward man killed in San Leandro shooting

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San Leandro Police identified the man who was shot and killed on Sunday evening as 28-year-old Dariel Arreola, who had a Manteca address but is a Hayward native.

Around 7:30 p.m., SLPD received multiple calls that reported a shooting near the Senior Community Center at 13909 E. 14th St. However, when officers arrived at the scene they found multiple vehicles crashed near E. 14th St. & 138th Ave., according to the San Leandro Police Department.

SLPD Lieutenant Robert McManus stated that around 7:30 p.m., Arreola walked outside when somebody opened fire on him. Police are still unclear if the gunfire came from a vehicle or from somebody on foot. However, McManus did confirm Arreola was an intended target since there were other adults and children outside, and he was the only victim.

While officers helped victims involved in the accident, they noticed some of the occupants of a minivan fled the vehicle. Their investigation led them to the community center, where a first Communion was being held with nearly 80 to 100 guests, and found only Arreola dead from multiple gunshot wounds near the entrance, according to SLPD.

On Tuesday, family and friends held a candlelight vigil at the center where Arreola died. It was quiet and Hayward Police as well as San Leandro Police patrolled the parking lot throughout. According to family and friends, Arreola was a longtime Hayward resident, having attended Cesar Chavez Middle School and Tennyson High School, both in South Hayward.

McManus said that it is still unclear if the van was involved in the shooting or if the driver attempted to flee the scene once the gunfire erupted. All of the occupants in the van fled the scene and have not been found. According to McManus, investigators do not know why Arreola was targeted and are using surveillance camera footage from the area to see if they can develop any leads. Anybody with information is advised to contact SLPD at (510) 577-3230.

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