Another young person has died after being shot multiple times in East Palo Alto Tuesday (July 19), police said. The shooting marks the city's third homicide in a week.
Officers found Hugo Chavez, 26, lying in the driveway of 13 Camellia Court at approximately 10:15 p.m. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his torso, police said.
Chavez was taken to a hospital for treatment but died about four hours later, according to police.
Investigators determined a man approached Chavez in front of the house before the attack. It appears the two may have had a brief conversation before the suspect shot Chavez several times and ran away, police said.
East Palo Alto police have not released any suspect information and have not made any arrests in the homicide. Investigators have not determined the motive or identified whether the homicide was the result of gang violence.
Less than 24 hours earlier, police arrived at the 2500 block of Illinois Avenue Monday at about 8:45 p.m. to find 23-year-old Jabari Banford, who had been shot multiple times, lying on the sidewalk.
Paramedics treated Banford but he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
On July 13, 19-year-old Catherine Fisher was shot while sitting in a car with two others in the 2500 block of Annapolis Street at about 2:10 a.m., police said. The Menlo Park woman was taken to Stanford Hospital, where she died later that day.
Last month, a 3-month-old Izack Jesus was killed as his family was leaving a baby shower on Wisteria Drive on June 5.
Investigators believe Jesus was mistakenly shot in retaliation for an assault by Sureno gang members in Redwood City on May 31. Fabian Zaragoza, the 17-year-old who prosecutors suspect killed the infant, pleaded not guilty to murder charges on July 13.
Chavez's death marks East Palo Alto's fifth homicide of the year, which is already more than the city's four murders in 2010.
Witnesses are asked to contact the East Palo Alto Police Department by calling or sending a text message to the anonymous tip line at 650-409-6792. Anonymous tips can also be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.