Two nonfatal shootings -- one in East Palo Alto and one in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood -- occurred at nearly the same time Sunday evening, but there's no indication from police that the incidents were related.
The first shooting, which occurred at around 7:30 p.m. in Menlo Park, struck a 15-year-old girl in the hand while she was in her home at the 1300 block of Madera Avenue. Witnesses said a four-door light sedan drove west on Madera Avenue and headed toward Ivy Drive after occupants fired multiple shots at the house and two vehicles. At least two suspects fired a shotgun and possibly a handgun, according to police.
It was the fourth drive-by shooting in three weeks, according to police.
The second shooting on the 2300 block of Pulgas Avenue occurred at 7:36 p.m. and struck a 21-year-old man in the lower leg, according Shotspotter, East Palo Alto's acoustic gunshot detection system. Police also received a 911 call.
The victim made his way home and was then transported to a hospital, where he remains in stable condition with a non-life threatening gunshot wound, police stated in a press release.
Police are asking for the help of witnesses.
Anyone with information about the shooting can call East Palo Alto Police dispatch at 650-321-1112, send an anonymous email to firstname.lastname@example.org, send an anonymous text to 650-409-6792, or leave an anonymous voice mail by calling 650-409-6792.