The family had been enjoying a picnic in Fairfield, California when Tony Bologna,49, left early to get a little sleep before he went to work. He was due in at a San Mateo grocery store by midnight where he was the night-shift supervisor.
At 3 p.m. he was at Congdon Street. It's narrow and he had to stop. When he stopped he blocked the path of a Chrysler 300M that had up to three people in it. Bologna had to put his car in reverse to try to let the other car go by on the narrow street.
"The driver started giving Tony dirty looks, so Tony drove back," said Lt. Mike Stasko, who heads the police homicide detail and coached youth basketball with Bologna. "The man drove alongside him and started shooting.
"If Tony never backed up, they would still be nose to nose," Stasko said, drawing a map and showing how the two cars had been facing each other, each unable to pass. "He backed up to let the guy complete the turn. (The gunman) opened fire without saying anything."
Tony Bologna was dead. son Michael, a 20-year-old athlete, was also dead. In the back seat Matthew, 16, was hit by the random bullets several times. He now lies in critical but stable condition at San Francisco General Hospital.
The men who killed Tony and his son had made gestures before pulling out a gun. According to his family it was something Tony would not have returned the intimidation.
The men got away.
The police are investigating if these men could be the same ones that were involved in another shooting earlier on Sunday.
The surving members of Tony Bologna's family include Matthew, his wife, another son and his lone daughter.