An elderly couple was seriously injured Thursday afternoon when a car fleeing a shootout crashed head-on into their vehicle in San Leandro, police said.
Police responded around 12:30 p.m. to reports of two cars being involved in a "rolling gun battle" near MacArthur Boulevard and Interstate 580, Lt. Robert McManus said.
One of the cars, a Nissan Altima, ended up in the 300 block of Dowling Boulevard, where it crashed head-on into a Toyota Prius occupied by the two elderly people, McManus said.
Officers found a man near the Nissan who was suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries, which are not considered life-threatening, and is in custody, according to McManus.
The pair in the Toyota suffered serious injuries and also were taken to a hospital, McManus said. The driver had to be extricated using the Jaws of Life, he said.
It appears three vehicles were involved in the collision. But the driver of the other vehicle involved in the shootout fled, and police are now searching for the suspect. Bullet holes can also be seen in at least one of the cars.
Nearby schools, including Washington Elementary School near the crash scene and Roosevelt Elementary School near the shooting scene, were briefly locked down but have since reopened, McManus said.
He said the shooting and crash were part of "a violent, vicious attack that doesn't normally happen in this city."
No other information was immediately available.