Police have arrested three men on drug and weapons charges in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto after police searched two homes in connection with a May shooting that left a 20-year-old man injured, East Palo Alto police announced Monday.
On May 8 at 1:10 p.m., officers responded to a Shotspotter activation in East Palo Alto and found a 20-year-old Hispanic male with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds in the 2200 block of Ralmar Street. Paramedics transported him to a hospital.
At least 15 to 16 shots had been fired in the residential neighborhood, which is a block away from Cesar Chavez Elementary School.
On Monday, May 19, police seized handguns, assault pistols, a high-powered rifle, an automatic shotgun, body armor, ammunition and accessories from the two residences located in the 3200 block of Alma Street in Palo Alto and the 2400 block of Fordham Street in East Palo Alto. Police also seized a large amount of marijuana and gang indicia, East Palo Alto Detective Sgt. Jeff Liu said.
East Palo Alto detectives investigating the shooting had obtained search warrants for the homes, working in partnership with the Palo Alto Police Department, San Mateo County Sheriff's Office SWAT teams and investigators from Menlo Park and Palo Alto.
Police arrested the three men on various weapons and narcotics-related charges. They have not named the persons. Two men are from East Palo Alto and the third is from Fremont, police said.
The East Palo Alto Police Department is actively investigating the case and is in need of witnesses. Police are strongly encouraging any witnesses or people who know something about the crime to notify the department by calling East Palo Alto Police Dispatch at 650-321-1112, or by sending an anonymous email to firstname.lastname@example.org or an anonymous text to 650-409-6792. An anonymous voice mail can be left by calling 650-409-6792.