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Six people injured in East Palo Alto shooting


Five people were shot and a 6-year-old girl was injured in East Palo Alto on Sunday afternoon near a McDonald's on University Avenue, according to police.

The shootings were picked up by the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system, and several residents called 911 shortly after 2:45 p.m. The incident occurred near a bus stop on Bay Road adjacent to the west side of a McDonald's at 2401 University Ave., East Palo Alto police Captain John Cook said.

Four young Hispanic males and a grandmother police also described as Hispanic waiting near the SamTrans bus shelter were shot and received non-life-threatening injuries. The child was injured after falling as she ran away, he said. The grandmother and child are not associated with the other victims, he said. All six were taken to Stanford Hospital for treatment.

The shooter is a young Hispanic male who fired from a smaller early 90s vehicle, possibly a gray or silver car, which police called a vehicle of interest.

Cooks said in an earlier interview that two males are being sought.

The small car approached from northbound Bay Road. The car stopped directly in front of the bus stop, then several shots were fired at the victims from the inside of the vehicle.

Police are currently assessing video from nearby businesses, Cook said. The Cinco de Mayo Day shootings follow a Saturday night incident, in which a man was shot in the torso on Pulgas Street. Cook said the vehicle in that shooting appears to be larger and different.

Cook said he did not know how many shots were fired, but some casings were found on Gloria Way.

Police from Palo Alto and Menlo Park also arrived on scene and cordoned off Bay Road and McDonald's from University Avenue to Gloria Way. Menlo Park firefighters arrived on scene to treat the victims, finding some inside the McDonald's and some outside.

Cook said all were shot outside, but two ran into the restaurant after being struck. No one was injured inside.

Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said most of the injuries were to the victims' lower extremities. One man in his 20s had more serious injuries.

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Posted by Panda
a resident of Midtown
on May 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm

That's obviously awful. Pray for peace and no more violence.

Question for PAOnline - its hard to see, but those look like PAPD cars in the photo - were they involved in the response? I see what looks like one of our city's K9 units.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 5, 2013 at 7:47 pm

This behavor is completely reprehensible. So the bad guys got away. We heard a helicopter circling overhead as we are relatively close to EPA. There must be plenty of witnesses, they should finger these criminals and get them put away for a meaningful period of time in prison.

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Posted by Too many shots
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 5, 2013 at 9:32 pm

That was a lot of shooting, and they are not reporting the multiple shots who were heard in the middle of the night the same day in another part of the same city, where police also came to check it out, but nothing was done. This place is turning into a of war place.and the winners are the bad guys, who get away and nothing is done. There is not enough police here in E. P. A. How many more inocent people need to die before we declare a fight against the bad guys. Enough is enough.

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Posted by It's Pat
a resident of Midtown
on May 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Criminals dont care, Why should they? Even if caught and convicted the crime above, since no one was killed would get 5 years max, out in 2.5 with good behavior. California is to nice to criminals.

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Posted by Dpn't-Ask-Me--I-Won't-Snitch
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 5, 2013 at 9:46 pm

> lots of witnesses ..

Well .. maybe, but will they talk to the police?

The following appeared very recently in the SJ Merc:

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Only two of the 11 homicides committed in East Palo Alto since the beginning of last year have been solved and residents' reluctance to talk to investigators is one reason, according to the city's police chief.

"There's a very heavy 'no-snitch' mentality in that community," Cordell said in a phone interview Thursday. "And those people who don't have it have been victimized. The notion is, how do you change that?"
[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

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Posted by village fool
a resident of another community
on May 5, 2013 at 11:28 pm

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Posted by Oh, Geez
a resident of Duveneck School
on May 5, 2013 at 11:35 pm

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Posted by XDM
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 6, 2013 at 6:36 am

People are scared for their own safety. Thats why they dont speak up to the police. THe Justice system required that a witness show up in court in person to testify against a person charged with commiting a crime. These animals have their family and criminal friends show up in court and see who is testifying against their friend and they go find them in the community and terrorize and kill them or their family. The police cant protect them. That is why people don't speak up. If you lived in a place like that you would probably do the same. Untill the police can protect the witnesses to a point where people won't feel threatened for speaking out, it will stay the same. The only time people will speak up is if they witness something that happened to their own family.

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Posted by isez
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 6, 2013 at 11:18 am

isez is a registered user.

@XDM: Thanks for the scoop - it makes complete sense.

Why doesn't the city put cameras everywhere?

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Posted by Jazzy
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 6, 2013 at 11:56 am

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These are babies! Babies! It's very clear that the crimes that are being committed are starting at ages 12, 13, 14,etc..... people my opinion it starts at the home of most of these kids, parents wake up, talk to your children see what they are doing on a daily basis..I can bet that if we parents, and men of the community would get involved with the kids more we would hear a whole lot of crying... "children do have a way of expressing anger", let's give our teens a chance to express their inner thoughts and see where we can help dissolve or put out the flame that is burning in these kid's hearts. There is so much hatred built up in these teens, Have we forgotten how we use to be teenagers?...Let's come together and give these kids the love and attention they need and or lacking. each and every child! We as their elder's/leader's, mentors, brother, sister, father, mother. what ever it may be. Help save some of these kids, they haven't got a clue what they are getting into, and when they do it is too late. I'm just saying though!

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Posted by Observer from the other side
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 6, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Observer from the other side is a registered user.

Some years ago, a group of tugs who used to hang out on the sidewalk, outside our house, decided to destroy our fence. We called the police, they arrived while I still was on the phone with the dispatcher. The policeman had his radio on high volume, so everyone out there could hear the dispatcher talking to me. For the police to something about the crime, he was asking me to come out and point out to him those I had seen tearing apart the fence. It wasn’t enough that by then boards from my fence were all over the sidewalk.
Would you had come out? Since I didn’t, the police left, and left the tugs loitering outside my house…, more pissed at me for “wasting” his time, than at the bad guys who obvoiusly were up to no good at 1 o’clock in the morning.
And they want us to cooperate with investigations?
You hear something in your neighborhood that requirse police intervention, you call 911, and the next thing you know you have 3 patrol cars in front of your house, advertising to the transgressor that it was you who called the police.

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Posted by isez
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 6, 2013 at 11:42 pm

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@Observer from the other side: I don't know why you directed your post to XDM, as if you disagree, because your post agrees with him.

@Jazzy: It does all start in the home. These kids feel unwanted and unloved. Preaching does not help. Mentoring might, but children always want respect and love from their parents till the day they die. Perhaps they need to teach birth control to the parents.

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Posted by village fool
a resident of another community
on May 7, 2013 at 8:37 pm

village fool is a registered user.

@editor - comment above, part Jazzy addressed, please. REALLY????
@Hmmmm - Wish you were here, your response would have been better than removal of that comment, should that happen. I do hope that you are OK.

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