Boy, 12, shot in East Palo Alto


A 12-year-old boy on Friday night became the latest shooting victim in a series of gun violence against young persons in East Palo Alto.

The boy was found at approximately 6:55 p.m. by East Palo Alto police officers on the 1900 block of Cooley Avenue, near West Bayshore Road, police said.

Emergency medical personnel transported the victim to Stanford Hospital for further medical treatment. He sustained non-life-threatening injuries and is listed in stable condition, police said. The boy's name has not been released.

There are no suspects or descriptions and the motive for the shooting is unknown, police said.

The incident is the third in two days. On Dec. 14 Brandon Bradford, 19, was shot multiple times and killed on Gonzaga Street at about 11:10 a.m. Later that evening Tywaun Livingston, 18, was shot in the torso on Verbena Drive. He survived his injuries, police said. Both men are East Palo Alto residents.

Anyone who may have witnessed or has any knowledge of these incidents is urged to contact the East Palo Alto Police Department by sending an anonymous email to or an anonymous text from a cell phone to 650-409-6792 or leave an anonymous voicemail by calling 650-409-6792 or 650-853-8477.

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Posted by Sad
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 18, 2011 at 8:32 pm

12 - years - old. 12.
There's lot of this kind of thing lately(though this is young)...some kind of escalating war
that nobody seems to be specifically reporting.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Community Center
on Dec 18, 2011 at 11:15 pm

This happened west of Highway 101 near the West Bayshore frontage road between 7-11 and University Avenue. No matter where it happened, it is one too many - and now children. How does law enforcement get a handle on this?

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Posted by notsomerry
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 19, 2011 at 9:08 am

The culture of EPA is killing them! It's the people, not the cops, that are going to help this city.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 19, 2011 at 9:09 am

Truly sad.

East Palo Alto is home to those who are hungry and in need like those in the story I have just read who were fed last week by Como Esta. East Palo Alto is home to gangs who don't care about the preciousness of human life. Unfortunately the poor have to live in the same neighborhood as the gangs. I hope that the families of those who are poor enough to need practical, charitable help, manage to raise their families to not get involved in gangs. But how can they raise their families without the fear that this violence will not reach them?

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Posted by Phil
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 19, 2011 at 10:41 am

From what I've learned, many gang members are indoctrinated into that life style at a very young age. Yes, sometimes as young as 11 or 12. If that's the case, this could be another example of gang violence, and not one of an innocent, unsuspecting young person being gunned down on the street. Very sad regardless.

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Posted by none
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm

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Posted by Frustrated Resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm

When the baby was killed I had hopes that the shooters would reconsider their ways.
But sadly they are not listening to their parents, teachers or police.
They don't want to believe that they can change their ways or that life could get any better.
They just keep choosing their downward spiral.. ending in jail or death.
Do they really believe in their hearts that this is a good thing?
If they were to ask the rest of how we feel.... I am sure they would be met with a very loud and STRONG NO!

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