Posted by on February 17, 2017
Categories: Bay Area


(BANT) – San Leandro police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a van that they believe is somehow connected with a suspected road rage incident Sunday night that left a 45-year-old man dead.

Spokesman Lt. Robert McManus says they don’t know exactly how the van was involved but they are hoping that someone recognizes it.

Lt. McManus said: “We do not know its involvement in the crime, whether it could be the suspect or could contain witnesses to the shooting. The vehicle is very distinct and releasing its image may produce leads in our investigation.”

The white, American-made mini-van has a custom, conversion-style roof that appears to be six to eight inches taller than the standard van height. The wheels appear to be black and possibly had the hubcaps removed.

Officers responded to an area near Marina Boulevard and Verna Court shortly before 10 p.m. on Sunday following reports of gunshots.

While they were responding, officers got calls about a woman screaming for help from the Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center parking lot on Merced St. Officers found Wardell Taliaferro, a San Leandro resident, shot to death in the driver’s seat of a vehicle.

The victim was with his girlfriend and two children, ages 4 years old and 4 months old. Police say Taliaferro was the biological father of the 4-month-old.

Investigators found evidence of a shooting in the 1900 block of Marina Boulevard, about a half-mile north of the hospital.

Police said that evidence suggested several “unassociated vehicles” were in the area when the shooting occurred and described the incident as a “suspected road rage shooting.”

Anyone with information is being asked to call Detective Mike Benz at (510) 577-3230.