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Police suspect drug use in Bay Area Wal-Mart crash

  • A March 31, 2013 photo released by the San Jose Police Department is 33-year-old Seaside, Calif. resident Haamid Zaid, a suspect who was booked on four counts of assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run, under the influence of drugs and resisting arrest following a crash into a Wal-Mart in San Jose, Calif. Sunday. Four people were hurt when a driver crashed his car into a Wal-Mart and then assaulted customers inside. (AP Photo/San Jose Police Dept.)

SAN JOSE — Police said Monday they suspect a man was on drugs when he rammed his car through the front of a Bay Area Wal-Mart store and began assaulting customers, injuring four people.

Haamid Ade Zaid, 33, of Seaside, was being held without bail at the Santa Clara County Jail for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run, being under the influence of drugs, and resisting arrest, San Jose Police Officer Albert Morales said.

"In my 18-year career I have never seen anything like this," Morales told the San Jose Mercury News. "After looking at some of the pictures, it's amazing he didn't hit anybody with the vehicle."

The store was open for business Monday. It had closed for about five hours Sunday after the incident, said Ashley Hardie, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Grief counselors were expected to be onsite for employees this week, Hardie added.


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