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More San Leandro Mall Violence: Mini Riot At Bayfair

Police, sheriff's deputies needed to disperse unruly crowd rushing to buy Nike Air Jordan basketball shoes. Incident follows second holiday shooting outside Walmart on Hesperian.

Bay City News--Frenzy over the release of Nike's new Air Jordan basketball shoes prompted a crowd of about 200 people to force its way into the Bayfair Mall in San Leandro Friday morning, police said.

The mini-riot at Bayfair follows a in the parking lot outside the Walmart on Hesperian Blvd. where a man was also shot on Black Friday and a third man was shot earlier in the year.

In the Bayfair incident, a crowd broke through an entry door at about 6 a.m. Friday to gain access to the mall and lined up outside the Foot Locker and Champs stores where the much-hyped shoes were to be sold, San Leandro police Lt. Jeff Tudor said.

Foot Locker management decided the situation was too dangerous and didn't open the store, Tudor said.

The crowd was so unruly that San Leandro police requested and received help from the Alameda County Sheriff's Department to calm things down, Tudor said.

The crowds finally left the mall after many orders to disperse, he said.

No arrests were made and no physical force was used, according to Tudor.

He said the situation at the mall, which is located at 15555 E. 14th St., has now calmed down and stores have opened and are operating smoothly.

There have been other reports of frenzied crowds at stores across the country where the Air Jordan shoes are being sold.

A shot was fired at the Hilltop Mall in Richmond shortly before 7 a.m. today as more than 1,000 shoppers waited outside for a chance to buy the shoes.

No one was injured and a 24-year-old Richmond man who allegedly accidentally fired the shot was arrested.

Carol Parker December 24, 2011 at 02:05 AM
A comment that had been posted after Sarah R's comment accidentally was deleted in the course of doing some Patch "housekeeping". We encourage that reader to post their comment again and do apologize to them.
Barry Kane December 24, 2011 at 04:48 AM
I no longer go into San Leandro to shop or do anything, it is unpleasant and not worth the risk or the usually negative experiences. I live above 580 and just get straight on the freeway and go to Castro Valley, Dublin or Pleasanton for my daily needs. Sad what is becoming of our town. Is anyone awake at City Hall???
mloura December 24, 2011 at 10:43 AM
I'm with you Barry. No one is minding the mint and we now have the lunatics running the asylum? It's difficult to be a small city stuck between two violent areas like Oakland and Hayward. We definitely are in need of strong leadership or else we'll go the way of our gang war torn neighbors.
David Ross December 25, 2011 at 03:45 AM
It's a pair of tennis shoes! Many people aren't even buying them to wear - they are hoarding them to sale at a profit. $180 for a pair of tennis shoes or any pair of shoes, for that matter, is just plain stupid! I don't think I've paid that much for ALL of my shoes I've purchased over the last 5years or more.
Karen December 12, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I lived in San Leandro years ago. Some of my friends still do. It was never like this. I hope this year's shopping season is better. Please??

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