The took a strange twist yesterday when it was revealed that Max Wade, the 17-year old high school student who for seven felonies, knew at least one of the occupants of the white truck he allegedly shot at on April 13, according to this story on SFGate. We pick up our story here, with Landon Wahlstrom of Mill Valley and his date, a so-far unidentified high school girl.
Landon Wahlstrom declined to comment, but his uncle, Randy Wahlstrom, said his nephew and the suspect had both attended Redwood High and liked the same girl. Wade threatened to call a hit on the younger Wahlstrom for reputedly writing unflattering comments about him on Facebook relating to the girl, according to the uncle.
When Wahlstrom didn't back down, the uncle said, Wade snapped and ambushed the couple after they walked out of the Wahlstroms' Mill Valley house that morning and got into the pickup truck.
The SFGate story goes on to say the Wahlstrom uncle said "his nephew told him the suspect liked his female friend and took umbrage about something Wahlstrom apparently wrote on Facebook."
As reader commented , "The shooting was over a girl? ... I thought it might be over drug payment, road rage, or 'don't talk about the car'. Now, it seems that it was a Facebook incident."
Taking social media as the new arena of public comment and action, I Googled.
"Landon Wahlstrom is a friend of mine, this is some crazy s**t. Fortunately, he is okay," posted one area youth on his Facepunch blog Tuesday night. The blogger goes on to express a negative opinion of the suspect, Max Wade, and says that he had been involved in crime since he was 13. "I know him stealing the lambo happened a while ago from reading the article, but I had no clue it happened until now."
This is a still-evolving story, and it's evolving through social media. It's a local one, too, stretching from Sausalito to San Rafael, with Tamalpais High in Mill Valley and Redwood High School in Larkspur all on stage. To say nothing of that storage unit in Richmond, where the whole thing began to fall into place.