San Mateo police are investigating a home invasion robbery that is being described as a gun battle inside a home on Lodi Avenue. Arturo Santiago reports.
San Mateo police say one suspect is dead, another is in the hospital, and a third was in custody Thursday morning after a home invasion robbery inside a home on Lodi Avenue.
At around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night, police were called to the home on the 1500 block of Lodi for a home invasion robbery.
Three suspects had entered the home and confronted a total of four people inside at the time. According to police, a gun battle broke out between the suspects and a 24-year-old man.
When they arrived at the home, police said they found the 24-year-old with a gunshot wound. His wound is not considered life threatening.
Police found guns, bullet holes and blood at the scene. They believe two of the suspects were shot during the exchange of gunfire. Some shots were fired outside of the home.
Just after midnight, those three suspects showed up at the Regional Medical Center in San Jose. One was dead on arrival, the second had a non-life threatening gunshot wound, and a third suspect who was also at the hospital and taken into custody.
Police said they expect to make more arrests in his case.
"The motive for this home invasion is still under investigation,” San Mateo Police Department Deputy Chief Mike Gallagy said. “We are currently interviewing several witnesses and sifting through lots of evidence. Several search warrants are currently being sought in an effort to better understand the motives of the suspects in this case."
Gallagy said this was not a random robbery -- that the home was targeted -- but the specific reasons why are not yet clear.
Items were stolen, but what was taken is not being revealed by police.