When shots rang out in East Palo Alto at 2 a.m. Saturday morning, the location was immediately known to police because of its new "Shotspotter" system.
That led to a high-speed car chase over the Dumbarton Bridge and the arrest of three men described by police as members of the Taliban, an African-American street gang.
The gunfire was pinpointed at University Avenue and Bell Street and in the 2100 block of Capitol Avenue, Detective Ed Soares said.
A responding officer driving an older police car saw one car driving away from the area and tried to chase it but couldn't keep up, Soares said. A second officer in a new Dodge Charger police car then gave chase through East Palo Alto, over the Dumbarton Bridge and into Fremont and Union City.
The car being chased stopped after it hit a curb and blew its tires, Soares said, with the three occupants fleeing on foot.
Officers from Fremont, Union City, the California Highway Patrol, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department and East Palo Alto set up a perimeter and eventually arrested all three men.
Chester Best, Stoney Gibson and Oliver Ware, all in their 20s, were booked for resisting arrest, evading a police officer and possession of a firearm.
There were no injuries found as a result of the shootings that triggered the chase, Soares said. A second vehicle that may have been involved was not located.