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Menlo Park: Man with gunshot wounds expected to survive

Injured transient taken to Stanford Hospital now in stable condition

The man whom police found Wednesday evening with gunshots wounds to his abdomen and lying in a wildland area near Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park is expected to survive his wounds, according to police Chief Robert Jonsen.

In an email Friday to Mayor Kirsten Keith, Chief Jonsen said the man, in his 30s and believed to be a transient, had been shot "several times," was conscious when first responders found him at about 5:30 p.m., and taken to Stanford Hospital.

After surgery, the victim was said to be in critical condition, but is now in "stable" condition, police spokeswoman Nicole Acker told the Almanac.

Police have also identified a suspected shooter, also thought to be a transient, the chief said. Cmdr. Dave Bertini "is confident officers will locate and arrest him," the chief said.

Police have not yet responded to requests for an update.

The two men may have been living in an encampment in a marshy area near where the shooting victim was found -- along a decommissioned railroad track about 150 feet north of the track's intersection with University Avenue near East Palo Alto, police said.

Police set up a perimeter around the area, and conducted a search with the assistance of a California Highway Patrol airship and a drone provided by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. Homeless encampments in the area were searched and the occupants interviewed.

The shooting was connected to an argument the men were having over drugs, the chief said.

Several leads are being checked out and further information will be released when available, police said.

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