By JANE McINNIS
While media trucks and neighbors were at bottom of the hill on Ashbourne Court on Wednesday afternoon, one resident was inside her home at the top of the hill, across the street from scene.
“It was a different view up here,” said Heidi Eder, a Norris Canyon Estates neighbor whose home overlooks the suspect's.
Police put the gated community on lockdown after a man allegedly shot a property manager through his front door when a locksmith began removing the locks off the doors following an eviction notice. The suspect, identified as Mike Ghoneim, proceeded to barricade himself inside the home for several hours, officials say.
Eder looked out the front window of her home after her dog started barking in an unusual frenzy sometime before 2 p.m. There she saw a man laying on the ground bleeding and groaning. Nearby, a woman cried beside a white car, and a policeman appeared to be shielding the two.
Eder’s home became a temporary shelter for the victim, who had a wound in his left inner thigh, she said.
“He [the victim] was really nice and calm but in a lot of pain. I felt so bad. He even said ‘I don’t want to bleed on your carpet,’ when he was waiting for the ambulance,” Eder said.
The victim was brought to the Eder Medical Center in Castro Valley and is in stable condition.
The alleged shooter, Mike Ghoneim, 42, is being held in the Contra Costa Jail with a $2.5 million bail.
According to a Broker Check Report, Ghoneim is an investment advisor who filed for bankruptcy in 2010.
Eder said Ghoneim was a neighbor who always said, 'hello.' She also recalled the suspect saying, “The best investment is to not pay your mortgage."
It seems to have caught up with the suspect, who was in the process of being evicted from the $1.6 million dollar foreclosed home.
"What's behind all these doors you don't know," Eder said. "It can happen here, it can happen anywhere,"