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East Palo Alto shooting leaves one dead, three injured

Incident is second fatal shooting in the past month in the city

An unidentified shooter opened fire on a vehicle driving in East Palo Alto Sunday night, leaving one person dead and three injured, according to East Palo Alto police.

The person who died has been identified by police as 18-year-old Nazario Barajas of East Palo Alto. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

The shooting occurred around 11:35 p.m. on Purdue Avenue at Georgetown Street, near Costano Elementary School, according to East Palo Alto Police Sergeant Jeff Liu.

There were six people inside the vehicle, Liu said, but only four were struck by the gunfire. Three victims -- two Hispanic women, one 18 years old and one 20 years old, and an 18-year-old Hispanic male -- were transported to Stanford Hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, Liu said.

This is the second multi-victim shooting incident that has resulted in a death in recent months in East Palo Alto. A man from Hayward was killed and two female East Palo Alto residents injured in a shooting on July 27.

The East Palo Alto Police Department is actively investigating this case and are in need of witnesses. Police strongly encourage any witnesses or people who know something about this crime to call East Palo Alto police dispatch at 650-321-1112; send an anonymous email to epa@tipnow.org; send an anonymous cell-phone text to 650-409-6792; and leave an anonymous voicemail by calling 650-409-6792.

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Posted by Richard
a resident of another community
on Aug 18, 2014 at 8:55 am

Sad. This is happening everyday throughout the US. Over 800,000 illegal guns come into the US every year. We can't stop the drugs from coming in- I guess it would be hard to stop the guns too. Do we start arming everyone? Shut down our borders? Hold parents responsible? How do we turn this around?


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Posted by PA Mom
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

This is so awful--a terrible loss.

More guns...more senseless death. We need gun control!

We need an economy and education system that provides hope to young people. We need family and societal support that makes them feel connected and teaches them civic duty and connection instead of popular culture that aggrandizes violent behavior.

Instead, so many feel hopeless. They lash out in anger...and, sadly, the availability of guns makes their anger lethal.

To the families of these young people...I am so very sorry for your loss.


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Posted by Abe Mitchell
a resident of Meadow Park
on Aug 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm

When shall the hoods stop shooting one another? When the law of this State starts to have proper gun control! It would appear to be a sad reflection on society that people are out there shooting at innocent passers-by and our State Senators are taking little or no affirmative action to try and alleviate the situation. Let us hope that the murdering hood that carried out this latest killing is caught and dealt with accordingly.


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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm

KP is a registered user.

More gun control will not help when they are using burners!

The only people I feel sorry for are the family and friends of innocent bystanders.


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Posted by Spiderman
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 18, 2014 at 1:21 pm

They are ways to slow criminal minds to use or posses in a gun illegally. All people that carry a gun they don't own and who posses a gun and cannot own a gun have to get long sentences , now if we really look at it is more likely that that person have it for the wrong idea. This affects legal gun owners. Stronger laws won't do much, longer sentences should. Better thing it be a way to save a few more lives.


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Posted by mjs
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 18, 2014 at 1:27 pm

why does richard assume closing the borders would have an effect on crime in east palo alto or elsewhere? the immigrants who coming here now are running away from crime, in many cases hoping to be reunited with family. they are not looking to join gangs, use guns, and recreate the crime-ridden situations they are escaping.


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Posted by mjs
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Why does Richard (above) assume closing the borders would have an effect on crime in East Palo Alto or elsewhere? Most of the immigrants who coming here now are running away from crime, in many cases hoping to be reunited with family. They are not looking to join gangs, use guns, and recreate the crime-ridden situations they are escaping.


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Posted by enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 18, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Gun control only controls the law abiding citizens. Criminals will always get guns. ALWAYS.


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Posted by Sylvia
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 18, 2014 at 1:55 pm

On the face of it, one suspects this is related to gangs. I sincerely hope the EPA police force has sufficient manpower and funds to work on controlling the gang situation in their town. I have read about other cities, Los Angeles comes to mind, that have had some success with officers dedicated to getting these young people out of gangs. I believe they've even had funds to pay for tattoo removal of the kids who were on the wrong path and had decided to make something of their lives.

This is just so terribly sad to read of a young man dead at 18 years of age.


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Posted by David Pepperdine
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 18, 2014 at 1:57 pm

No solution to gun violence is absolutely effective.

Just because gun control is not 100% effective is not a reason to discard it.

Gun control would save lives.


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Posted by Enough Too
a resident of another community
on Aug 18, 2014 at 2:04 pm

How is gun control going to crub the violence? So we make it harder for a law binding person to own a gun. Richard states that 800,000 illegal come into the US each year. I bet that number is way too low. The police chief in Detroit stated " we should put a gun in every law abiding citizens hand". Maybe he is right. Nothing else is working.


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Posted by Need nurturing parents
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm

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Posted by BustaRimes
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Gun control isn't going to solve anything. [Portion of post removed.]


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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 18, 2014 at 2:51 pm

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No one wants to turn in the shooter (and SOMEONE saw it). But we have huge outcries when a cop shoots someone. That's how some of this madness can start subsiding, when people want EVERY shooter to be held accountable and pay the price - not by "we gotta go get 'em", but by telling the police who did it - and understanding that it is not snitching when you are trying to save your neighborhood.


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Posted by Jerry99
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 18, 2014 at 3:18 pm

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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 18, 2014 at 6:04 pm

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I believe Mexico has asked the US to try to stop the flow of guns into Mexico, not out of Mexico. Why would anyone risk getting caught transporting a gun into the US, they are so readily available here. Closing the borders might keep some of the shooters out, and some other undesirables, but it will not affect guns flowing in this direction because they tent to flow the other way.


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