LIVERMORE -- A Livermore man was arrested Sunday after alleged members from rival gangs squared off in front of a residence, police said.

Police arrested Roger Aleman, 18, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after shots were fired in the 1600 block of Chestnut Street at approximately 3:05 p.m. on Sunday, Livermore police Sgt. John Hurd said.

No one was injured in the shooting, Hurd said.

The violence began when four gang members confronted two or three rivals, Aleman among them, on Chestnut Street, Hurd said. According to police, Aleman was equipped with a gun and fired two to three shots.

All of the gang members tried to flee the area after the shootings, but police located four of the gang members, as well as Aleman, whom police suspect of firing the gun, Hurd said.

"Anytime you have a shooting anywhere, the residents who live there have a cause to be concerned," Hurd said. "But is this the start of a conflict that's going to mark an increase in gang-related violence here? We don't think so."

Gang members were involved in a shooting near a McDonald's just off Chestnut last summer, Hurd said, but otherwise the violent incidents among the two factions have been a rarity in Livermore, Hurd said.

"We'll have extra patrols in the area to discourage any retribution from happening," he said.

Police shut down Chestnut Street to traffic while they investigated the scene, Hurd said. Aleman was taken to Santa Rita Jail where he was being held in lieu of $60,000 bail.


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