SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KXTV) -- A former apartment neighbor of the man who deliberately drove his car through the front doors of a Walmart in San Jose said she was not surprised by his behavior.
"He's crazy. He's not the type of person you want to be around," said the woman, who did not want to be identified because she still fears Haamid Zaid even though he moved from the Oakpointe Apartments in south Natomas several months ago.
The former neighbor knew Zaid by the street name "J. Money" and said he would often spin donuts in the neighborhood in the same red Oldsmobile Cutlass that he crashed into the Walmart on Easter morning.
Witnesses said Zaid drove about 20 feet into the store then began clubbing shoppers with a steel bar after he got out of the car.
As many as nine people were hurt in the attack.
Police arrested Zaid on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run, being under the influence of drugs, and resisting arrest.
The former neighbor said Zaid often exhibited erratic behavior when he lived in her apartment complex, and said she once saw him pull a gun on two young boys in front of a neighborhood store.