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Suspect arrested in reference to two killings in parking zone of East Bay health club

(KRON) — A person was arrested on Tuesday in reference to two homicides that occurred outdoors a San Leandro health club, the San Leandro Police Division mentioned. The killings occurred on Sept. 14 and Sept. 24 outdoors 24-Hour Health Bayfair, situated at 304 Bayfair Mall.

In each circumstances, SLPD was referred to as to the health club within the late morning for an unconscious man inside a car within the parking zone. Each instances, police discovered a lifeless man with a gunshot wound.

“We perceive this case garnered loads of neighborhood consideration and generated an understandably excessive degree of concern for security, significantly at 24-Hour Health Bayfair,” mentioned SLPD Lieutenant Abe Teng.

Police reviewed surveillance footage, and in each situations, they noticed a person who arrived on the scene in work boots. Through the first killing, he wore a pink Nike backpack. He took the identical route when leaving the scene each instances and was recognized as a suspect.

On Tuesday simply after 2 p.m., an SLPD officer noticed a person carrying black work boots and a pink Nike backpack within the space of Hesperian Boulevard and Halcyon Drive. The suspect took a route throughout this intersection when leaving the scene after the homicides.

The person, later recognized as 23-year-old Joshua Ballard of San Leandro, was detained. He had a semiautomatic handgun when he was arrested.

Police served a search warrant at Ballard’s house and located extra proof connecting him to the homicides. Police mentioned the victims weren’t particularly focused and the crimes weren’t immediately associated to 24-Hour Health.

The Alameda County District Lawyer’s Workplace charged Ballard with two counts of homicide, tried carjacking, theft, assault with a firearm and different weapons violations.

SLPD urges anybody with info to name (510) 577-3244, or submit an nameless tip at (510) 577-3278, or textual content a tip to 888777 and use the key phrase “TipSLPolice.”

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