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Gunshots in midtown on Wednesday night

Original post made by msmartha, Midtown, on Feb 16, 2012

We live near Maddux in midTown. Sounds of gunshots were reported by neighbors last night, and bullet casings were discovered at the opening of the cul-de-sac this morning. Did anyone hear what this was about? PA Police were notified this morning I believe.

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Posted by Ronnie
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Definitely heard it. I heard 3-5. Woke me up, right before 4am. Can you personally confirm these shell casings, or is this just something you've heard? The police definitely know all about the noise - they were checking out the area right afterwards.
If you personally saw these casings can you describe them? how long are they, and do they have a wide part tapering down to a narrower part (sort of resembling a rocket).

Please post anything additional you've heard!


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Posted by Sue Dremann
Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Feb 17, 2012 at 11:05 am

Sue Dremann is a registered user.

According to Palo Alto police, the incident that occurred between 3:30 and 4 a.m. involved several shots that were fired. Multiple residents were awakened and called police. Officers were not able to locate the person or persons or any vehicles connected with the incident. No one was injured and there were no reports of property damage. The incident occurred near the intersection of Maddux and Loma Verde.


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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 17, 2012 at 11:50 am

I heard the shots and called PAPD at 3:46 AM. They had multiple other callers and responded officers to the area, but that's as much as I know. I only heard about the casings today. Anyone know what caliber the casings were? It was pretty loud.


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Posted by Ronnie
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I'm skeptical that it was gunshots. First, no one has actually confirmed that they found any shell casings. That is just a rumor at this point. 2nd, the shots were too slow for automatic fire. 3rd, why would someone just stand on a street at 4am and just fire 5 perfectly timed shots for no reason whatsoever?
Obviously, we were all tired and groggy at the time, so its hard to recall exactly, but gunshots make a sound that is both the shot itself, plus the flight of the bullet. Unless you hear booms with "sisssss" afterward, then it probably wasn't a bullet.
I know EPA has the "ShotSpotter" system installed. Does anyone know if Palo Alto has that? Pretty remarkable stuff, and they are headquartered in Mountain View!


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Posted by msmartha
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 17, 2012 at 5:47 pm

No, didn't personally view bullet casings - just heard about them from a neighbor. Could be an urban myth, but I can't help but wonder if there's any connection at all to the armed robbery at the local 7-11 at 6:15 AM...I'll just wait for the PAPD report.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm


There are too few shootings in PA--so far--to justify "ShotSpotter"

"ShotSpotter" does not prevent shootings-just gives the location-in the most recent incident in EPA the victim had already driven to Stanford Hospital by the time the police arrived.

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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Posted by MidtownMom
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 19, 2012 at 8:57 am

Do any homes have surveillance cameras?


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