Update on Thursday, Aug. 9.: Police have arrested a man in connection with an Aug. 3 shooting outside the Safeway parking lot. Read the story here.
Police have released an image of a man wanted for a shooting outside the Safeway in Palo Alto's Midtown neighborhood, where he fired shots at a driver who fled the scene and led officers on a car chase to U.S. Highway 101 on Friday night, police said.
Emergency dispatchers received multiple reports of a shooting around 9:15 p.m. near Safeway, which is located at 2811 Middlefield Road, police Sgt. Wayne Benitez said.
The shooting occurred near one of two exits of the store's parking lot, he said.
Through a preliminary investigation, officers learned through witnesses that the shooter was in a confrontation with another man who was entering the driver's seat of a white Lexus SUV, police said in a news release. Detectives don't know the reason behind the confrontation or if the two men knew each other.
The shooter fired multiple rounds from a semi-automatic handgun at the Lexus as the driver sped from the scene, police said.
When officers arrived in the area, they saw the fleeing Lexus with paper license plates and what appeared to be a shattered window, police said.
The responding officers drove after the Lexus as it traveled erratically to Highway 101, where they lost sight of the vehicle, according to police.
Police have been unable to locate anyone involved in the shooting as of late Saturday morning. They don't know the whereabouts of the driver targeted in the shooting or if he was injured by the gunfire, police said. Agency officials haven't heard of anyone injured by gunfire seeking medical attention at local hospitals.
Police have released to the public an image of the alleged shooter as seen on Safeway's security video footage. He is described as a muscular white man in his 30s or 40s seen wearing a black tank top and a black baseball cap worn backward. He also has thin tattoos, possibly of tribal bands or barbed wire, around both biceps.
The driver targeted in the shooting was described as a black man in his 20s or 30s seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, according to police. Investigators said they are concerned about his welfare and want to check if he is receiving medical treatment for injuries, if any, from the shooting. Investigators have additionally released an image of the white Lexus he drove.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.