Suspect charged with attempted murder of police officers in Bayfair Center shooting

SAN LEANDRO — The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged a Sacramento man with multiple crimes, including eight counts of attempted murder, in connection with a shooting that injured a police officer responding to a looting incident in San Leandro last month, authorities said.

According to charging documents, 43 officers with Fremont, Union City and San Leandro police responded May 31 to Bayfair Center, 15555 East 14th St., for a reported looting incident, and arrived near the Old Navy store before heading toward a large crowd outside the Target store.

A man fired eight shots at them directly, but only one officer was hit when a ricocheted round injured his left hand, police said in a statement Tuesday. Eight .40 caliber shell casings were later recovered, and investigators with San Leandro police’s crimes against persons unit recovered video of the suspect and his 2005 white Nissan Altima.

License-plate reader cameras caught the Altima near the mall just after 8 p.m., helping police link its owner to cell-phone records after sharing information with other law-enforcement agencies, police said.

After San Leandro police obtained a warrant for the arrest of Luracious Wilkerson, 33, officers went to his home around 2 p.m. July 1, and found the Nissan, as well as a loaded .40 caliber Glock handgun under the driver’s seat. After being read his rights, Wilkerson denied involvement, but was not able to explain to investigators “why his car and cell phone were in San Leandro minutes before the shooting,” officers said in a statement.

Officers presented a case Monday to the district attorney’s office seeking eight counts of attempted murder and eight counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer, as well as other charging enhancements.

Officials said Wilkerson is also accused of having three prior felony convictions: assault with a deadly weapon in 2013, possession of a firearm by a felon in 2016 and possession for sale of cocaine in 2006.

“The night of this incident posed significant challenges for law enforcement and our community,” San Leandro police Chief Jeff Tudor said Tuesday. “The professional work done by our staff and our partnering agencies resulted in the swift apprehension of the suspect.”

Wilkerson was in custody at Santa Rita Jail and faces a July 14 plea hearing, according to a county records check.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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Author: George Kelly, Harry Harris