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Man arrested for Safeway parking lot shooting

Nevada resident taken into custody in Danville for firing a gun into vehicle

A man who police said fired a gun into a vehicle in the parking lot of a Safeway grocery store in Palo Alto's Midtown neighborhood Friday was arrested on Wednesday night in the East Bay, police said Thursday.

The 37-year-old man from Henderson, Nevada, was pulled over by the Danville police officers as he was driving his black pickup truck in the 500 block of San Ramon Valley Boulevard at about 6:22 p.m. on Wednesday. Palo Alto detectives then took him into custody and found in the vehicle a handgun they believe was used in the shooting, according to a news release from the Palo Alto Police Department.

Detectives identified the 37-year-old man based on leads and evidence collected at the scene, including surveillance images from Safeway that detectives publicly released on Saturday, a day after the shooting.

Police say there is no indication that the Nevada resident knew the person he allegedly targeted in the shooting: A black man in his 20s or 30s in a black hooded sweatshirt who drove away from the scene. Detectives have not located the man or his vehicle.

The shooting occurred at about 9:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3. Palo Alto police responded to multiple calls of the shooting near the Safeway at 2811 Middlefield Road. They observed a white Lexus SUV with paper license plates and what appeared to be a shattered window leaving the area, police said. Officers tried to stop the vehicle and, after it fled, briefly pursued it before discontinuing the chase on U.S. Highway 101, where they lost sight of the Lexus.

After identifying the suspected shooter, Palo Alto detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest on Tuesday and began to actively search for him, according to the news release. The Nevada man was arrested for alleged assault with a deadly weapon involving a firearm, negligent discharge of a firearm and discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle, all felonies, according to the police.

Detectives had also determined that the suspected shooter frequents locations in Contra Costa County and the Tri-Valley area. On Wednesday, working closely with the Walnut Creek Police Department's Special Enforcement Team and the Danville Police Department, officers located the alleged shooter driving in Danville, police said. They conducted an enforcement stop and arrested him, pursuant to the warrant.

Santa Clara County online inmate records on Thursday showed the 37-year-old man is being held at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Detectives are still hoping to locate the man targeted in the shooting so that they could determine if he was injured and to more fully understand the circumstances of the Safeway confrontation, according to the news release.

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 paloalto@tipnow.org or sent by text message or voicemail 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.

Editor's note: The Weekly's policy is to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney has determined there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case. See our guidelines here.

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19 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2018 at 9:42 am

So pleased to hear this, good job PAPD.

The scariest thing is if the victim had had a gun we could have had a shoot out in town. Not good.


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Posted by Good News
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 9, 2018 at 9:56 am

Another individual from a gun-toting state packing concealed heat. The incident has possible racial overtones as well.

Wondering why he ventured all the way from Nevada into several affluent CA neighborhoods?


Posted by Howe
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on Aug 9, 2018 at 11:01 am


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Posted by Scary
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 9, 2018 at 11:09 am

So very glad that the police arrested this suspect. This could have ended much worse for my family and I, as we were driving right on Middlefield in front of Safeway when the shooting happened.These things are not supposed to happen in Palo Alto. Unreal.


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Posted by Novelera
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 9, 2018 at 11:18 am

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So glad they caught him. Awful, just awful - shooting at a person in a grocery parking lot. The person who was shot at drove off, and the article seemed to hint they'd wished he'd stayed so as to be able to confirm the events. If someone shot at me in my car, I suspect I'd hit the gas pedal as well.


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Posted by Abledavid
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 9, 2018 at 11:22 am

Such typical covert racism in PA. Where’s the name and picture of the suspect? But made sure to mention the victim who got away was a black man in a hoodie. This is what’s wrong in this “protected “ town of Palo Alto.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2018 at 11:30 am

@Abledavid. Not so, PAPD have posted his picture and other details on Nextdoor.com and their Twitter feed.


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Posted by response
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 9, 2018 at 11:30 am

-- "Where’s the name and picture of the suspect?"

In the previous issue of "Palo Alto Online" along with the description of his tattoos and his skin color.


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Posted by Officer
a resident of another community
on Aug 9, 2018 at 11:37 am

To good news: I’m sure that this person from Nevada had no CCW permit. How do you know the other guy didn’t have a weapon too? Being in law enforcement, I can say state that there are so many illegal guns on the streets that it is frightening.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 9, 2018 at 12:23 pm

Odd story in that the suspect shopped (or shoplifted!?) first at Midtown Safeway, then allegedly shot at the SUV driver in the parking lot. What’s this all about? Suspect not from this area, we don’t know about the target. Odd that the target didn’t drive off and to a police station. Appears he doesn’t want to discuss this matter with police. He drove off at high speed to who know whete. Very fortunate the general public wasn’t injured or killed in this criminal nonsense.
Thank you, law enforcement jurisdictions who caught this suspect.


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Posted by NRA Man
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 9, 2018 at 12:45 pm

>>How do you know the other guy didn’t have a weapon too?

You will never know until called upon to defend yourself.

Self-defense = shooting back but being responsible. In other words, make it a clean shot & don't injure others in the process.

Then police wouldn't have had to track this alleged gunman down in the East Bay.


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Posted by Uh-huh
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 9, 2018 at 12:49 pm

^^^^It all works well on paper, in imagined scenarios, and in a perfect world.


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Posted by R. Davis
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 9, 2018 at 1:15 pm

"Self-defense = shooting back but being responsible. In other words, make it a clean shot & don't injure others in the process."

"^^^^It all works well on paper, in imagined scenarios, and in a perfect world."

How about a new municipal law...check your guns in with the police department upon arrival in PA & then retrieve them when leaving town?

Hopefully it would put an end to random/intentional shootings + eliminate any questions pertaining to the police firing at an assailant with a suspected handgun.


7 people like this
Posted by NRA Man
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 9, 2018 at 1:20 pm

>>> How about a new municipal law...check your guns in with the police department upon arrival in PA & then retrieve them when leaving town?

Unconstitutional. Read your 2nd Amendment.

Self-protection is an American right & dialing 911 isn't always expedient.


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Posted by More Walmart moms shot by kids
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 9, 2018 at 1:40 pm

I'm all for reading about more stories where these idiots shoot themselves or get shot by their toddler. Hilarious. I like guns and am for responsible limits on them as decided upon by the Supreme Court. Gun laws are not unconstitutional but prohibition is, and I'm opposed to that. Some cannot disconnect the two.


6 people like this
Posted by Palo Alto Native
a resident of Palo Verde School
on Aug 9, 2018 at 2:15 pm

Most all the violent street crimes and burglars hail from outside of Palo Alto, we're just a bunch of nerds. [Portion removed due to inaccuracy.]

The booking photo is in the link above on the news release. It's PAO that didn't include the photo in this article.

Typically, someone has to mention racism. With no information or knowledge, racism is always the liberal's choice of attack.


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Posted by Hmm, I see
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 9, 2018 at 2:36 pm

"With no information or knowledge, racism is always the liberal's choice of attack."

But not all liberals as people think individually. Many think the "Liberals" want guns banned. Some do, some do not, but only the more simple among us cannot see this and must think in "Either/Or" patterns. Complexity of individual situations are difficult for many and should be left to the complex thinkers.


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Posted by JR McDugan
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 9, 2018 at 8:46 pm

JR McDugan is a registered user.

Nice work PAPD, but the unanswered question is why are criminals coming from all over California (in this case, even out of state) to commit crimes in Palo Alto. If PAPD wants to PREVENT the next crime from even happening it's important to answer that question and make changes so that Palo Alto is no longer on the bucket list of every two-bit criminal.


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