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East Palo Alto teen faces multiple counts of attempted murder

Drive-by shooting in October 2013 left three injured

A 16-year-old East Palo Alto youth will be tried as an adult for attempted murder and other charges in a drive-by shooting that left three people injured, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Rodolfo Medina-Barragan, who police allege is a Norteno gang member, has been charged with three counts of attempted murder with gang enhancements, use of a gun to commit violent felonies, shooting into a dwelling, street terrorism and weapons charges.

He and other occupants of a gold or brown Toyota Corolla allegedly drove down the 1000 block of Myrtle Street in East Palo Alto at 8 p.m. on Oct. 29, 2013, and suddenly opened fire on a house, striking three people who were in front of the house. Another person who became worried when they saw the car slowly approaching fled into the house, according to the district attorney's office. One victim was shot in the arm, one in the leg and a third was shot in the head. All of them survived their injuries.

Based on the recovered shell casings, three different firearms were used in the shooting, the district attorney's office said. During a probation search in October, Medina-Barragan was found with a .40-caliber handgun, which matched the casings found in the street.

In November, Menlo Park police made a traffic stop on a second person, Erick Barragan, who was found with a .45-caliber Ruger handgun that also matched casings from the shooting. The car used in the drive-by shooting was eventually located and was tied to Erick Barragan, the district attorney's office said.

Medina-Barragan appeared for arraignment on Wednesday, Aug. 6, and will be provided an attorney through the San Mateo County Private Defender Program. He will appear with his attorney in court on Aug. 13 for further arraignment. He remains in custody on no-bail status.

Erick Barragan remains at large with an outstanding arrest warrant, the district attorney said.

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