Teens shot after Union City roadway confrontation

UNION CITY — Two teens were hospitalized after a confrontation with two people ended with a shooting near a city intersection, authorities said.

Police said officers responded shortly before 10 pm Tuesday to Whipple Road near A Street to reports of a shooting.

When officers arrived, they found five people, including 15- and 17-year-old boys, who had been shot at. The teens, who were the only people struck, were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators later learned that the five were in a vehicle that had run out of gas and were trying to push the vehicle to a nearby gas station when two people they did not know confronted them. Soon after an exchange of words, the shooting happened. Police added that a motive was still under investigation.

Other officers closed off a section of Whipple and sent an alert just after 11 pm advising residents to avoid the area. The roadway reopened shortly after 2 am Wednesday.

Anyone with information may call Union City police Det. Daniel Rivas at daniev@unioncity.org or call 510-675-5399, or use the department’s anonymous tip line at 510-675-5207 or e-mail tips@unioncity.org.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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