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Shooting in East Palo Alto kills one

Update: Victim has been identified

An East Palo Alto resident died after being shot on Friday night, police said.

East Palo Alto police arrived at the 300 block of Wisteria Drive after a Shot Spotter gunfire activation at about 8 p.m. and found a 34-year-old East Palo Alto resident lying in the street. The San Mateo County Coroner identified the victim as Martin Lee Simon Jr. on Saturday.

Simon was on his back and appeared to have sustained numerous gunshot wounds to his torso. He received emergency medical treatment but died at the scene.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Simon was approached by an unknown person. The two men may have had a brief conversation before the person opened fire. The shooter fled the scene on foot. The shooter's identity and a motive for the killing is unknown.

Anyone who may have witnessed or has any knowledge of this incident is urged to contact the East Palo Alto Police Department by one of the following means: by anonymous email to epa@tipnow.org; anonymous text message to 650-409-6792; anonymous voice mail at 650-409-6792 or 650-853-8477.

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