SAN MATEO -- A San Mateo man was wounded during a gun battle late Wednesday with three thieves -- leaving a San Jose man dead and hospitalizing another suspect -- after they busted into his home during a robbery, police said.
Bryant Ma, 23, was killed in the gunfire that erupted in around 11:30 p.m. in a home on the 1500 block of Lodi Avenue, according to the San Mateo County Coroner's Office. The two other suspects, whose names were not released, were expected to be arrested on murder charges for his death, said San Mateo police Deputy Chief Mike Callagy.
The 24-year-old resident who fired at the alleged robbers was wounded in the shoulder, but was expected to survive his injuries. Callagy declined to say what the thieves took and said its remains unclear why the suspects targeted the home on a typically quiet residential street. Police said they are not aware of any previous problems at the home that could be related to the robbery.
The robbers allegedly burst into the Lodi Avenue house and confronted five adults who were home at the time, including a pregnant woman held at knifepoint by the suspects. Police have not explained how it happened, but a gun fight started between the suspects and the man who lived there. When officers arrived they found "guns, multiple bullet holes and blood" at the scene.
The wounded suspects escaped in a dark-colored SUV, but just after midnight two men turned up at a San Jose hospital with gunshot wounds. Ma was dead when he arrived at the hospital and the other suspect had a gunshot wound that was not considered life threatening. The third suspect was taken into police custody in the hospital parking lot.
The crime doesn't appear related to gang activity and no other homes were struck during the shooting, though police did find bullet shells outside.
Anyone with information about the shooting can call the San Mateo police investigations bureau at 650-522-7650, the secret witness hotline at 650-522-7676. Tipsters can also send an anonymous text to 650-262-3473.
Contact Joshua Melvin at 650-348-4335. Follow him at Twitter.com/melvinreport.