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Alameda Sheriff’s ask for help on 13th anniversary of fatal shooting

HAYWARD — The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is renewing a call for the public’s help in solving a fatal shooting outside Mac’s Sports Bar over a decade ago.
On February 17, 2005, 20-year-old Nicholas Bookhammer was taking a smoke break outside of Mac’s Sports Bar on Meekland Avenue when he was shot down. Bookhammer was competing in a weekly pool tournament at the bar.
The suspect was only described as a man of medium build, wearing a black ski mask, standing possibly 5-foot-7-inches tall. At the time, Ricci Graham of the Hayward Daily Review reported that the man was last seen carrying a shotgun, running down Willow Avenue. Related Articles

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There didn’t appear to be an argument inside the bar that prompted the shooting. The captain of Bookhammer’s pool team, Pat Metoxen, ran outside of the bar when she heard four gunshots ring out.
“I came out here and took his pulse and it was real weak,” she said. “He was a real polite person. He always had a smile on his face… He’ll be missed around here.”
There were rumors at the time that the shooting was gang-related.
Saturday will mark the 13th anniversary of the fatal shooting.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to come forward and call the Cold Case Homicide Unit investigators directly at 510-667-3661. Tips can be sent to the sheriff’s office’s anonymous tip line at 510-667-3622.

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