Palo Alto man arrested for allegedly firing pellet gun at Jiffy Lube

Police said shots almost hit an employee, damaged a customer's car

No one was injured in a Jiffy Lube after a Palo Alto man allegedly fired his pellet gun at the business across the street from his home last Thursday.

Police said Junwei Gu, 26, was arrested on the morning of Oct. 30 after police received a call just before 11 a.m. reporting that a man was shooting a pellet gun from the balcony of a condominium complex behind the shop at 4195 El Camino Real. Some of the rounds barely missed a Jiffy Lube employee, police said, while others struck signs at the business and hit a customer's car, causing minor damage.

Police arrived at the scene and searched for the suspect, ultimately detaining Gu as he was exiting his home. Officers found the pellet gun – an 8-inch revolver powered by a carbon dioxide cartridge – and accompanying .177-caliber rounds at Gu's home and collected the weapon as evidence. Gu was booked at the Santa Clara County Main Jail on one charge of felony assault with a deadly weapon because of "the potential for serious injury had the employee actually been struck," police said in a statement.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

We can't do it without you.
Support local journalism.


4 people like this
Posted by 30,000 Smiles
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 5, 2014 at 1:19 pm

The Jiffy Lube employees probably used the old "your air filter has bulletholes in it" routine for that precious upsell.

4 people like this
Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 5, 2014 at 1:19 pm

26 is old enough to know better one would think? Good job PAPD.

1 person likes this
Posted by Wondering?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 5, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Twenty-six years old, and shooting a pellet gun at a nearby business?
Got to wonder why this young man was not at work?

1 person likes this
Posted by Just Listening
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 6, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Just Listening is a registered user.

Jiffy Lube may have left the oil cap off and the oil from someone's car all the oil drained out and ruined the engine. I will never return there for any reason!

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Be the first to know

Get the latest headlines sent straight to your inbox every day.

Beer and brats: Ludwig's German Table coming to Mountain View
By Elena Kadvany | 5 comments | 3,516 views

Who Pays for Palo Alto Schools
By Steve Levy | 38 comments | 1,971 views

The Other Greenhouse Gas
By Sherry Listgarten | 8 comments | 1,805 views

College Tours
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 0 comments | 1,066 views

Let’s blame car drivers, not the pedestrians wearing black clothes!!??
By Diana Diamond | 12 comments | 909 views


Short story writers wanted!

The 33rd Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 29. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

Contest Details