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Anyone know what was going on in the Circles tonight?

Original post made by Kevin on Aug 23, 2011

Lots of police, fire department, paramedics, in the area around Redwood Circle, Carlson and E. Charleston.

Comments (22)

Posted by Andy, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Aug 23, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I believe it was a stabbibg. My kids were driving home and saw the victim running and bleeding seriously and called 911. My daughter was so shaken by what she saw she asked to be taken to a friend's house out of this area for the night. I saw a very larg number of police cars and two streets blocked with crime tape but the police seemed to be calm - they didn't look like their were searching for a perpetrator but rather blocking a crime scene.

Posted by qq, a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 23, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Can't be good. Lots of statements from family members being collected, police at the hospital, evidence collection ongoing, etc.

Posted by Kevin, a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Aug 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Thanks, I was wondering. Ugh, not good. I live a few block away, down Charleston, and could hear all of the sirens, and was listening to some of it on the scanner.

Hope the victim will be okay, apparently at Stanford Hospital, and Andy, hope your kids are okay, too.

Posted by Tyler Hanley, online editor of Palo Alto Online
on Aug 24, 2011 at 9:14 am

Tyler Hanley is a registered user.

Here's the story we posted about the stabbing: Web Link

Posted by Allison, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Aug 24, 2011 at 9:54 am

This is very sad and disturbing, NOT ACCEPTABLE. They are our family friends. His older son is my son's best friend since preschool. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to Keen.

Posted by Kate, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 24, 2011 at 11:26 am

Spousal abuse is a serious problem in the Bay Area. Public safety, social workers, and medical personnel know it. It's more recent but nothing new. All of the women's restrooms at the Palo Alto Clinic have cards in many languages telling women there is help and where to go. But reportedly most are too afraid to act, have no support system, and often the 'support system' buys into the problem. There is a very good book with real-life stories written by a professor at Foothill/DeAnza. It's an eyeopener.
An Arranged Marriage by Chitra Dirakaruni

Posted by kc, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Aug 24, 2011 at 11:46 am

Poor family! Yes, they seemed to catch the perpetrator pretty early on in the process (judging from timing of the "get your hands behind your head" shouting), and the police made sure to tell people they were in no danger. It was very sad to see some children leave the house with another adult and the police. Hoping for the best for the kids.

Posted by A Grandma, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm

The best way to help children who have seen a crime with a bleeding person. Is for their parents to stay calm.
Talk to your kids right then and there. Let them that they are OK and it is OK to be a little scared and that the police are taking care of things.
When children see their parents calm they learn that things will be OK Mom and/or dad are in control and nothing bad will happen to them.

Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Better local reporting in the Merc.

Web Link

Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 24, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Very disturbing and horrible that kids saw this--and that the attack was in Palo Alto.

Daoming Qiu has been charged with attempted murder--hope his wife recovers soon.

Posted by Observer , a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 24, 2011 at 6:08 pm

What- Sharon - you think your town is IMMUNE from domestic violence?

Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 24, 2011 at 6:26 pm


PAonline was late to report both the stabbing and the Jobs story

Why is that?

Obviously there are degrees of domestic violence allegations--many of them are spurious and made to bias divorce and custody matters.

However the Daoming Qiu matter is in a very different category, alleged attempted murder--with a bleeding victim in public--stabbed-apparently many times.

Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm

The San Jose Mercury did a much better job at accurately describing the situation. There are still many, many investigations being made, and the matter isn't closed on whether or not it truly was an attempted murder. All that is known for sure is that there was an injury. Obviously, this isn't to make light of the situation at all. It's just that it's important to be discerning readers especially when names and personal information were given about the people involved in the incident.

Posted by Resident of South Palo Alto, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 24, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Does anyone know how to find out what is behind these situations more quickly than waiting for the newspapers to report? I heard the sirens and saw the police tape yesterday evening and was unable to find any information on the internet. Seems like too long to wait more than 12 hours for PA Online to report.

Posted by When-In-Doubt-Check-Twitter, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 24, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Someone in town seems to listen to the police scanner and report via Twitter:

Web Link

Some days he Tweets more than others.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 24, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Resident, in some cases, dispatch will release some info. I am not sure what PAPD's policy is, but you may want to call & ask. Between that & tweets, you may stay informed.

Posted by Resident of South Palo Alto, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 24, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Thanks very much for the leads!

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 24, 2011 at 10:16 pm

You could always ask here, so many people read this when they want to know more and often they share what they know here.

Posted by Observer, a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 24, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Indeed the elusive qq brings a lot of timely information to our town. Unfortunately, even such an intrepid reporter must at times leave his post for a while and we sometimes miss events as they unfold. What a shame, as nobody brings to the narration, an equal gift for accuracy, devotion, and the dry wit that creeps in at times, making what might be just a ghastly tale somehow bearable. Tweet on qq!

Posted by Concerned, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 25, 2011 at 7:43 am

Women (and men, too):

Please consider taking classes in self-defense and/or traditional martial arts. In addition to being a great workout, they could possibly save your life.

Many of the readers here who post seem very concerned with the details of these tragedies. But what good is that really going to do you if something similar happened to you? What would be far more useful is to go through some scenarios and learn to recognize when danger is upon you and how to best escape from it.

And as soon as you escape, call the police. Dealing with these things is their job and they do a pretty good job of it. But to get to that step, learn how to deal with the immediate danger to be able to get out of it. Good luck out there.

Posted by Thomas Walker, a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 25, 2011 at 9:15 am

I wish Sharon would take her commentary elsewhere. I'm so tired of her petty, finger-pointing negativity. Everything is a complaint. This reader appreciates the work the reporters here do keeping us appraised of what's going on and giving us an outlet to discuss the issues. I also don't think the Mercury story offered much more than the Weekly story, and why does the Merc website take so long to load? Anyone else have this problem? Back on point: Here's hoping the stabbing victim makes it through this and returns to health. This was a very scary situation, especially in our normally level-headed town. And I completely agree with "Concerned" about taking self-defense classes. Knowing how to defend oneself can be life-saving. And for those who aren't on Twitter -- definitely recommend you get on there and follow qq. qq (whoever he/she is) is often excellent at staying on top of scanner news. Here's a link: Web Link

Posted by walkthe walk, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Aug 25, 2011 at 9:23 am

yes,move it to somewhere else.

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