Hayward’s July 4th ends with 2 dead, 14 shot

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Separate occasions of violence across Hayward taint the city’s July 4th. 

According to Hayward Police Department, they are investigating at least five violent incidents, including two fatalities. 

The incidents involved four shootings and one stabbing. Hayward PD said 14 people were shot from Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. 

“The sheer number of incidents in Hayward last night was unprecedented,” said acting police chief Bryan Matthews. “What should have been a celebration of our nation’s independence amongst family and loved ones ended in tragedy for too many.”

At 7:40 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of West Tennyson Road, where the first homicide occurred. Police found a dead victim with multiple stab wounds. No suspect has been arrested. 

At 10:14 p.m., six people were shot on Ranker Place near Manon Avenue. Two of the victims suffered critical injuries. Authorities said a fight occurred before shots were fired. 

One critically injured person was believed to be one of the shooters. Police believe there is at least one more shooter at large. 

At 11:30 p.m., another unrelated homicide was reported. According to Hayward PD, three people were shot and two more were injured by a car in a sideshow near Miami Avenue. 

One victim died at the hospital; the other four are in stable condition. No suspect has been arrested. 

At 12: 44 a.m., a man sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound near the 500 block of Harris Road. The victim and the shooter are believed to be acquaintances. The shooter is in custody. 

Another shooting occurred at the 1000 block of Folsom Avenue, where the victim suffered from non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at a hospital. No suspect has been arrested. 

Police do not believe any of the incidents are related.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.