Two nonfatal shootings in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park Sunday

Shootings occur at nearly identical times

Two nonfatal shootings -- one in East Palo Alto and one in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood -- occurred at nearly the same time Sunday evening, but there's no indication from police that the incidents were related.

The first shooting, which occurred at around 7:30 p.m. in Menlo Park, struck a 15-year-old girl in the hand while she was in her home at the 1300 block of Madera Avenue. Witnesses said a four-door light sedan drove west on Madera Avenue and headed toward Ivy Drive after occupants fired multiple shots at the house and two vehicles. At least two suspects fired a shotgun and possibly a handgun, according to police.

It was the fourth drive-by shooting in three weeks, according to police.

The second shooting on the 2300 block of Pulgas Avenue occurred at 7:36 p.m. and struck a 21-year-old man in the lower leg, according Shotspotter, East Palo Alto's acoustic gunshot detection system. Police also received a 911 call.

The victim made his way home and was then transported to a hospital, where he remains in stable condition with a non-life threatening gunshot wound, police stated in a press release.

Police are asking for the help of witnesses.

Anyone with information about the shooting can call East Palo Alto Police dispatch at 650-321-1112, send an anonymous email to, send an anonymous text to 650-409-6792, or leave an anonymous voice mail by calling 650-409-6792.


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Posted by Abe Mitchell
a resident of Meadow Park
on Dec 9, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Sad that the "HOODS" can only see one way by living and creating havoc by firing bullets at one another or at innocent victims. If the victims were given the same opportunity by being allowed to shoot back at the unarmed "HOODS"we might then learn to live in a more civilized society. Living by the gun is not the correct way for society to live!

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Posted by Neighborhood spiderman
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Because of thing like this the government has been attacking the good citizens with their gunlaws and don't realize that it doesnt work that criminals coming out of jail is easier to get a gun than a job. If they make longer sentences for convics possessing guns and the parents of those kids need to be more responsible by watching the things they and who their friend are. Is important to do this to save their life's unless you don't love your kids.

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