Three people killed in East Palo Alto

Three people were shot to death Wednesday night as they sat in a parked car in the driveway of a house at 2367 Dumbarton Ave. in East Palo Alto -- the 11th, 12th and 13th homicides thisd year in East Palo Alto, which had seven killings in all of 2004.

Two suspects were seen driving away but one was later caught when his car crashed into a parked car, Sgt. Alma Zamora said. A second suspect got away.

The names of the victims are being withheld by police. Two died at the scene of the 8:37 p.m. shooting while the third died later at a local hospital.

A 17-year-old black male was taken into custody after his car crashed while he attempted to flee Officer Angel Sanchez at 10:15 p.m., Zamora said. The car matched the description of the vehicle used in the shooting and was driving with its lights off, prompting Sanchez to pursue it. The car crashed into a parked car on Alberni Street.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Detective Bob Arnaudo at (650) 363-7823 or Detective Rich Mauer at (650) 363-4055.

In a second shooting incident in East Palo Alto Wednesday night, a 20-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to his chest but is expected to recover, Zamora said.

The victim was shot at 7:48 p.m. in a drive-by shooting in the 2700 block of Fordham St.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Detective J. Alcaraz at (650) 599-7426.

— Don Kazak


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