A San Mateo man shot two suspected robbers, killing one, and also was wounded by gunfire during a bloody shootout inside his home late Wednesday.
Officers responded to the 1500 block of Lodi Avenue about 11:30 p.m. on a report of a home invasion. They first located a 24-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound. The man was a resident of the home where police said the chaotic shootout had just occurred.
“Guns, multiple bullet holes and blood were found at the scene,” San Mateo Deputy Police Chief Mike Callagy said Thursday.
Detectives would soon learn that three intruders entered the house and confronted five victims. A pregnant victim was held at knifepoint during the invasion, police said.
At one point, the 24-year-old resident — who was the only injured victim — engaged in a shootout with two of the suspects, police said.
The trio of intruders then fled in a dark blue SUV to a hospital in San Jose, police said. One of the suspects, identified by the San Mateo County Coroner's Office as 23-year-old Bryant Ma of San Jose, died before San Mateo detectives arrived at the hospital. The second suspect, whose name has not been released, is expected to survive, Callagy said.
The third suspect, uninjured during the shootout, also was located at the hospital, along with the suspected getaway SUV.
Police have not said what, if anything, the suspects stole or hoped to steal.
Search warrants are being sought to “better understand the motives,” Callagy said, adding that the San Mateo home was “specifically targeted for reasons that are not entirely clear at this time.”
Police described the neighborhood where the shooting occurred as “very quiet” and said they are “not aware of any police-related history at the residence in question.”