Felony charges of endangering safety by reckless use of a firearm have been filed against three persons in connection with a May 14 incident on West Fourth Street near Vermont Avenue in Hayward in which shots were fired out of a car at a pickup truck.

Charged are:

• William Jonas Carley, 28, 13760W K-Town Rd., LCO, charged with party to reckless use of a firearm (repeat offense), possession of a firearm by a felon (repeat offense), and obstructing an officer. Carley was placed on a $250,000 cash bond and had his initial court appearance May 28. A preliminary hearing was held June 4.

• Brett Gerald Dennis Jr., 18, 12850W Neezh St., LCO, charged with party to reckless use of a firearm, obstructing an officer, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dennis was placed on a $25,000 cash bond and had his initial court appearance May 30. A preliminary hearing was set for June 5. 

• Charleigh Tashena Clause, 27, 13768W K-Town Ln., LCO, charged with party to reckless use of a firearm. She was placed on a $25,000 cash bond and a preliminary hearing was held June 4.

At 10:41 p.m. May 14, a city police officer responded to several 911 calls of shots fired on West Fourth Street and a 911 call from a 62-year-old man stating that he had been shot at by Charleigh Clause. He stated his Ford pickup truck had been hit by shots and he was following the suspect’s black Chevy, which contained three males and Clause.

The officer followed the two vehicles southbound on Highway 27 and performed a traffic stop in a driveway near Raven Road. He ordered the driver, Brett Dennis, out of the vehicle and held him at gunpoint until another squad could arrive. Three males and a female were taken into custody. 

A set of brass knuckles was found in Dennis’ sweatshirt pocket. Officers found spent and unspent .357 magnum caliber bullets and a box of  9 mm bullets inside the vehicle. A Ruger .357 revolver that had been recently fired was found inside the car. The occupants of the vehicle denied shooting at anyone.

The 57-year-old man said he was at the residence helping his son move items out into his truck when three males and a woman came to the house and locked his son in a back bedroom. The witness said the three males backed his son into a corner and he believed they were going to beat up or gang up on him. The son yelled to his father for help and the father kicked in the back door and they escaped into an alley. They got into his truck to leave and the man heard two gunshots hit the truck. He then caught up with the black Chevy as it headed east.

Another witness told the officer he saw a male passenger get out of the Chevy and fire two shots. The passenger got back into the car and it peeled out into the alley. An officer found two bullet holes in a rear quarter panel of the man’s truck. One bullet struck and entered a stereo unit in the back of the truck. It was in line with the passenger seat and had a passenger been sitting there, it would have struck that person. A spent 9 mm casing was found on the ground.

During an interview with an officer, Brett Dennis stated that after the shooting on West Fourth Street, a 9 mm handgun was handed to Charleigh Clause as they fled the scene. He stated he did not know what happened to the gun after that.

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