SAN LEANDRO -- At least six suspects are being sought in connection with a shootout Saturday between two suspected gangs that left a 50-year-old bystander dead and a young girl wounded at the Bay Fair BART station.
A 16-year-old boy was detained at the scene, but authorities have not released details on his suspected involvement, and he has not been arrested or charged in connection with the shooting. The Alameda County District Attorney's Office confirmed the case was under investigation but would not comment further, a spokesman said.
Kenneth Lee Seets, 50, died when he was struck during a shootout between two groups who met up at the station, got into an argument, then opened fire about 12:21 p.m., said Ben Fairow, BART deputy police chief. Three to four people were in each group, and they opened fire near the bus loading zone, Fairow said.
"Our detectives determined that 10 to 15 rounds were fired between the groups," Fairow said.
Seets, whose last known address was in Fremont, was one of two people hit during the barrage of bullets. Fairow said Seets was standing between the two groups when he was shot. He died at the scene. A juvenile was also struck during the melee. The girl, who has not been identified and whose age was not released, was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening and was released late Saturday.
It does not appear Seets and the girl knew each other, Fairow said.
"At this point it's under investigation how many people were shooting," Fairow said. Investigators on Wednesday continued to review surveillance video from the shooting scene.
Authorities are not yet completely sure the shooting took place between rival gangs.
"While all the signs are there, until we can wrap it up and get people into custody, I can't tell you that's exactly what happened," Fairow said. "Unfortunately, in today's world, sometimes violent encounters occur over the simplest things."
Police said Seets previously worked as a truck driver for a Hayward-based plastics plant but did not know his most recent place of employment. According to his Facebook page, Seets previously lived in Georgia and then worked for the Hayward company from 1993 to 1996. His page hadn't appeared to have been updated for a while.
Anyone with information on the case should call the BART Police Department's investigations section at 510-464-7040 or the confidential hotline at 510-464-7011.
Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.