An arrest has been made for the alleged gang shooting of an East Palo Alto man that took place on May 8, the San Mateo County District Attorney's office said.
The 21-year-old victim was a passenger in the rear of a car stopped at the intersection of Woodside Road and Veterans Boulevard when Ivan Mandujano Tapia, a Redwood City resident, allegedly drove up next to him and opened fire with a .40-caliber handgun at least six times, according to the DA's office. The victim was struck four times in the waist.
Tapia, 24, allegedly sped away. The victim's driver drove him to Stanford Hospital, left him at the emergency room and took off. The driver and another passenger have refused to cooperate with police, the DA's office said.
The victim required surgery to remove some of the bullets. He eventually admitted to police that he was a former Mid Menlo Norteno gang member and he knew Tapia was the alleged shooter. The motive for the shooting appears to be because the victim left the gang, according to the DA.
Tapia was arrested in Oakland on June 2 and a Glock .40-caliber handgun was found at his residence. He is charged with suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a semi-automatic weapon and faces a potential life sentence if convicted, according to the DA.
Tapia will appear in San Mateo County Superior Court for arraignment on June 9. He is being held in custody with no bail.