Police have swarmed a cul-de-sac near the scene of a shooting in Hayward this afternoon.
The shooting happened near the Department of Motor Vehicles at 150 Jackson St. Hayward police were not immediately available to confirm reports that the shooting involved a police officer.
DMV spokesman Armando Botello said he was told around 3 p.m. that the building was closed because shots had been fired in the parking lot.
Botello said no employees or customers were involved in the incident, and that the DMV will reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday.
A resident of Magna Avenue said at 4:45 p.m. that as many as 15 police cars were parked at a house on his street near Winton Avenue. Officers were outside the house with shields, he said. The resident said he had heard what sounded like fireworks then saw police running toward the home.
He said they later threw something and he saw smoke. The resident, who declined to give his name, said it looked like police were trying to find somebody at the home. He had not seen anyone arrested.
An employee at Crossroads World Market, located at 230 Jackson St., said at 4:15 p.m. that there were police on Magna Avenue, behind the grocery store. He said it smelled as though tear gas had been released.
The store was evacuated because of the overwhelming odor. He said a police helicopter overhead was blaring the message, "Come out with your hands up" and that authorities were threatening to release dogs into the area.