July 1, 2004

Bizarre Suicide at Military Recruiting Office

On Wednesday, June 30, 2004, a man walked into the Air Force section of the Armed Forces Career Center office at 15065 E. 14th St. in San Leandro, fired at least three shots at a recruiter, missed, and then turned the gun on himself.

According to police, the 42-year-old Hayward man died instantly, but left a handwritten note suggesting that he was targeting Air Force personnel. The police have not released the man's identity and do not yet have a motive for the attack.

Read more from the San Leandro Times and NBC Channel 11 or see the KTVU story video.

Update: The man has been identified as John William Martin. Accoring to police, Mr. Martin flunked out of basic training 20 years ago and at least two of the people listed on a note left at the scene were Martin's basic training instructors. Martin was dismissed from basic training in May 1984 after failing to meet physical fitness requirements.

San Leandro Armed Forces Career Center

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at July 1, 2004 12:04 AM
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