Bullets struck the statue of St. Felicitas.
MICHELE JURICH/THE CATHOLIC VOICE
Statue shot at San Leandro parish
A San Leandro resident is facing felony charges in the June 10 shooting of a statue of St. Felicitas on the grounds of the San Leandro parish. No students or parishioners were present at the time of the shooting.
Eric Mullen, 34, faces a preliminary hearing on June 26 on charges of vandalism of religious property; discharge of a firearm with gross negligence; carrying a loaded firearm on one's person in a city; carrying a concealed firearm; resisting, obstruction or delay of a peace officer, along with enhancements, according to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.
According to San Leandro Police, residents in the area of St. Felicitas Church called 911 to report gunshots. One resident reported that he saw smoke and saw a subject leaving the area of the church.
Officers arrived and located Mullen, who matched the description given by witnesses. Officers who attempted to contact Mullen were met with resistance as he refused to comply with the officers' orders, the police said.
Uniformed officers attempted to detain Mullen, but he resisted and attempted to reach toward his waistband where a gun was concealed. Officers were able to safely detain Mullen and retrieved the loaded firearm from his possession.
Officers found that approximately seven rounds were discharged at the statue, which stands near the entrance to St. Felicitas School, and at least two rounds had ricocheted into the church building.
"We take these types of crimes very serious," Lt. Isaac Benabou said in a statement. "We will go to great lengths to determine the motive and to ensure that crimes such as these aren't persuaded due to any groups' belief."
The statue remained standing.
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