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Foster City Police Probe Intruder Shooting

Police say houseguest fired pistol at intruder at a home on the 600 block of Crane Avenue.

Authorities are investigating the shooting of an intruder this morning in Foster City.

The shooting occurred just after police received reports of an intruder on the 600 block of Crane Avenue at 4:22 a.m., police Capt. Jon Froomin told Patch.

A 24-year-old San Mateo man was shot by a houseguest by the time police arrived minutes later.

The intruder was hospitalized with unspecified wounds and was undergoing surgery, however his status wasn’t immediately known, Froomin said.

Police identified the shooter as a Brentwood man in his 40s.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the Foster City incident, which comes amid the controversial shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a teenager shot to death in Florida last month by a Neighborhood Watch volunteer, which raised questions about civilian use of deadly force. Martin was carrying a bag of Skittles when he was killed.

“We’ll see what we can get, and then the DA makes that decision,” Froomin said.

The shooter, who police said fired a pistol at the intruder, has not been arrested.

Froomin said police have not yet determined who owned the pistol or whether it was a registered firearm. It was not immediately known if the shooter has a criminal history.

The shooting follows a series of residential crimes that have left a sleepy middle class suburb known for clean streets and low crime on edge.

The of Klaus Gachter, 71, who was found dead in his home on the 600 block of Waturbury Lane, was Foster City’s first reported homicide in nearly six years. The case remains under investigation.

Police are also investigating a spate of daytime residential burglaries earlier this month.

Froomin said there is no indication the intruder who was shot on Sunday was involved in the burglary ring.

“We’d like to interview him to see what he was doing there,” Froomin said.

Troy March 26, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Princess, you weren't there either. From what I have heard an unarmed drunk young man walked through a door that wasn't even locked (why wasn't it locked if there was some concern for safety?) and then got shot. Sure he made some bad decisions that night but did he deserve to get shot for it? What if it was your son? Also,what about my comment on alarm systems --- you didn't reply to that BTW as you were hanging me out to dry...
Brad Smith March 27, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Zack, sorry but I agree with Princess. You weren't there, none of us were. You say "from what" you "have heard an unarmed drunk young man, etc. etc......." Would like to know where you are getting your information. Do you know if the "drunk young man" was told to stop? If so, did he? Or did he advance? How the heck is someone, who is likely scared out of their mind, supposed to tell that some guy he has never seen before in his life is drunk from alcohol (assuming that's even true!) vs. high on drugs (which, by the way, would make him an even more serious threat)? I mean seriously, give me a break, will you. It's 4 AM!!!!! Geesh, I just don't get why you are making this the protector's fault. He was protecting his family - period. As for the alarm, what is the point of discussing that as it relates to what happened? There wasn't an alarm. There was a break in - period.
Troy March 27, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Brad, where are you getting it was a break in? I would love to see those facts and gladly apologize if I was wrong. I still don't understand why you are so happy to shoot someone who is unarmed and ask questions later when (I believe) putting a gun in his face and asking him to back out may have done it. What if he were your son who accidentally walked into the wrong house after a night of partying? Just kill him right? Let's wait until the facts come out. I would love to see your facts on "a break in." That's not mentioned anywhere in this article....
Brad Smith March 27, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Zack, you are missing the point. You want to turn the focus on my use of the word "break in", fine. You are correct, the article doesn't use it. So an "intruder" then. Intrude: to put or force in inappropriately, especially without invitation or permission. That work for you? And really, you think I am " happy" that someone was shot. You are ridiculous. Also, there you go again, making another statement about the gun alone should have "done it", " done the trick". You really are missing the point. In any event, on one thing we can agree: let's just wait. In the meantime, I honestly think both parties, both the " shooter" and the "intruder" deserve our prayers!
Princess March 27, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I agree... they did not say "break in" they said intruder, however, he entered a home @ 4am uninvited, broke through a fence (which is laying on its side) & got through more than one door to enter the house. The doors were not unlocked. He was shot inside the house, not outside. He did not have a key nor was he invited in. He did not just "wonder" into the house, it did take some effort. Zack, I am not sure why you would think anyone would be happy for shooting another person. Trust me he is not celebrating. It happened in a split second and you cannot say you would not do the same thing if put in the same situation. Putting a gun in his face is not the answer either & why would you get that close to a person you perceive as a threat? I think putting all the blame on the homeowner & none on the intruder is unbalanced. If he had been responsible with his drinking he might have made other decisions. Why didn't he knock on the door? Ring the doorbell? There are a lot of why's. Woulda/Coulda/Shoulda. Hindsight is 20/20, & even clearer if you are not faced with the situation. There are a lot of choices that could have been made that could have avoided the situation all together. The series of events were put in motion when a 24 year old man decided to drink more than he could handle & was unable to make clear decisions that night. Both parties are dealing with this incident & it is not easy on either side. No one wins in this situation.

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