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Man arrested in connection with East Palo Alto homicide

Fatal shooting of Christopher Puckett occurred in June

Police raided a downtown San Jose home this morning and arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with a June homicide in East Palo Alto.

East Palo Alto police, with assistance from San Jose police, arrested Lionel McCoy around 5 a.m., after serving a search warrant at 477 N. Second St. in San Jose, according to East Palo Alto police. Two other people were taken into custody, police said. One was booked into Maguire Correctional Facility for violating his parole and the other was interviewed and released.

McCoy, an East Palo Alto resident who is on parole for robbery, was arrested on suspicion of homicide and booked into Maguire Correctional Facility without bail, police said.

On June 10, officers responding to reports of gunfire at 2455 Illinois St. found a man suffering from life-threatening gunshot wounds, according to police.

The victim, later identified as 30-year-old Christopher Puckett, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Police believe the fatal shooting was the result of an ongoing dispute between Puckett and McCoy.

"This arrest will provide closure for the family of the victim and the community at large," Police Chief Albert Pardini said in a statement.

East Palo Alto police are not releasing a photo of McCoy at this time because they "believe there are witnesses that may come forward when they learn he is in custody and we don't want to taint any future identification of the suspect."

Anyone with information about this case is asked to email epa@tipnow.org or send an anonymous text or voice mail to 650-409-6792.

— Bay City News Service/Palo Alto Weekly staff

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