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Four shot, two dead at Halloween party

Two people with injuries in stable condition

Two people have died and two others were injured after an argument at a Halloween party quickly escalated into a shooting early Sunday morning, East Palo Alto police said.

The incident occurred at about 2:45 a.m. when the East Palo Alto Police Department received notice of a ShotSpotter activation in the 2500 block of Pulgas Avenue; 911 dispatchers received multiple phone calls of a shooting.

"Preliminary reports indicate there was a private adult Halloween party being held outside at the rear of (a) business complex, a dispute escalated into a physical altercation that quickly erupted into gunfire. The suspect fled the scene and is still outstanding at the time," police said in a press release.

Officers arrived to the scene in less than two minutes to find four people with gunshot wounds. Personnel from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and American Medical Response arrived and treated the injured. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene and two others were transported with life-threatening injuries. The deaths are the city's first to occur in public since June 10, 2016.

The two people who initially had life-threatening injuries were upgraded to stable condition, police said around noon Monday.

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Police identified one of the deceased as Eduardo Alvarado Sandoval, a 22-year-old Stockton resident. The second person who died was 23-year-old Mario Andres Vidales Mendez of Redwood City, the San Mateo County Coroner's Office said Wednesday.

A GoFundMe page set up to help Sandoval's family pay for his funeral expenses surpassed its $10,000 goal as of Wednesday afternoon. The 22-year-old man, also known as Lalo, had been dropped off at the party by his mother, according to fundraiser organizers.

A separate GoFundMe page created to pay for Vidales' funeral has reached $3,220 of its $10,000 goal as of Wednesday afternoon.

Pablo Arias, owner of A-1 Auto Service and Towing, where the shooting took place, said his daughter was having a combined 22nd birthday and Halloween party in the business yard. About 35 to 40 people attended and had come from many locations.

There were no issues when he left the party between 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 a.m. Sunday, but a fight broke out while he was sleeping at home. Initially, the conflict was between two people, then it carried over to some females, then to some males, he said. His daughter's boyfriend was among the people who tried to break up the fight.

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The armed person who the others did not know and wasn't a guest at the party suddenly appeared and started shooting, striking four people, including Arias' daughter's boyfriend.

Someone knocked on Arias' door to alert him about the shooting. When he arrived to the business, he found the place swarming with police. The boyfriend was one of two people taken to the hospital, he said.

"I never had problems in my life here in East Palo Alto. I feel very sorry. My daughter is very upset for the people who died," he said.

Anyone that witnessed the shooting or has any information is urged to contact the East Palo Alto Police Department by calling Detective Lydia Cardoza at 650-853-7249; sending an anonymous email to [email protected]; or sending an anonymous text or voicemail to 650-409-6792.

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Four shot, two dead at Halloween party

Two people with injuries in stable condition

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 7:41 pm
Updated: Wed, Oct 17, 2018, 1:35 pm

Two people have died and two others were injured after an argument at a Halloween party quickly escalated into a shooting early Sunday morning, East Palo Alto police said.

The incident occurred at about 2:45 a.m. when the East Palo Alto Police Department received notice of a ShotSpotter activation in the 2500 block of Pulgas Avenue; 911 dispatchers received multiple phone calls of a shooting.

"Preliminary reports indicate there was a private adult Halloween party being held outside at the rear of (a) business complex, a dispute escalated into a physical altercation that quickly erupted into gunfire. The suspect fled the scene and is still outstanding at the time," police said in a press release.

Officers arrived to the scene in less than two minutes to find four people with gunshot wounds. Personnel from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and American Medical Response arrived and treated the injured. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene and two others were transported with life-threatening injuries. The deaths are the city's first to occur in public since June 10, 2016.

The two people who initially had life-threatening injuries were upgraded to stable condition, police said around noon Monday.

Police identified one of the deceased as Eduardo Alvarado Sandoval, a 22-year-old Stockton resident. The second person who died was 23-year-old Mario Andres Vidales Mendez of Redwood City, the San Mateo County Coroner's Office said Wednesday.

A GoFundMe page set up to help Sandoval's family pay for his funeral expenses surpassed its $10,000 goal as of Wednesday afternoon. The 22-year-old man, also known as Lalo, had been dropped off at the party by his mother, according to fundraiser organizers.

A separate GoFundMe page created to pay for Vidales' funeral has reached $3,220 of its $10,000 goal as of Wednesday afternoon.

Pablo Arias, owner of A-1 Auto Service and Towing, where the shooting took place, said his daughter was having a combined 22nd birthday and Halloween party in the business yard. About 35 to 40 people attended and had come from many locations.

There were no issues when he left the party between 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 a.m. Sunday, but a fight broke out while he was sleeping at home. Initially, the conflict was between two people, then it carried over to some females, then to some males, he said. His daughter's boyfriend was among the people who tried to break up the fight.

The armed person who the others did not know and wasn't a guest at the party suddenly appeared and started shooting, striking four people, including Arias' daughter's boyfriend.

Someone knocked on Arias' door to alert him about the shooting. When he arrived to the business, he found the place swarming with police. The boyfriend was one of two people taken to the hospital, he said.

"I never had problems in my life here in East Palo Alto. I feel very sorry. My daughter is very upset for the people who died," he said.

Anyone that witnessed the shooting or has any information is urged to contact the East Palo Alto Police Department by calling Detective Lydia Cardoza at 650-853-7249; sending an anonymous email to [email protected]; or sending an anonymous text or voicemail to 650-409-6792.

Comments

Teddie
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on Oct 15, 2018 at 7:36 pm
Teddie , Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Oct 15, 2018 at 7:36 pm

ah.... 2:45 on Monday morning. Guess nobody had to be at the office Monday morning. Nothing good happens after midnight.


Resident
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2018 at 8:05 pm
Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2018 at 8:05 pm

Reread the article. It was early Sunday morning, a Saturday evening party. This was reported yesterday, Sunday.


GraceBrown
Registered user
Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 15, 2018 at 8:52 pm
GraceBrown, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Oct 15, 2018 at 8:52 pm

Regardless of the time of this news report, there are two families that have lost beloved young people. Please take a moment to honor their memories and perhaps add a prayer and an intention to do our best by those we love.

gb


Another EPA Tragedy
Community Center
on Oct 15, 2018 at 9:42 pm
Another EPA Tragedy, Community Center
on Oct 15, 2018 at 9:42 pm

What probably went down...

Alcohol (excessive consumption) + disparaging remarks (the 'no respect' factor) +
flared tempers + available firearms = another avoidable tragedy.

Shots fired easily could have injured others/innocent passersby even though it was around two in the morning. EPA is still a dangerous town.

I tell my kids never to venture out that way. [Portion removed.]


musical
Palo Verde
on Oct 16, 2018 at 2:27 am
musical, Palo Verde
on Oct 16, 2018 at 2:27 am

A recent story Web Link indicates adjacent properties bought up by an investment and development LLC associated with Laurene Powell Jobs. Gentrification creeps glacially but inexorably.


john_alderman
Registered user
Crescent Park
on Oct 16, 2018 at 8:00 am
john_alderman, Crescent Park
Registered user
on Oct 16, 2018 at 8:00 am

@ musical - not fast enough to save these two lives.


Gnarg
Charleston Meadows
on Oct 16, 2018 at 8:17 am
Gnarg, Charleston Meadows
on Oct 16, 2018 at 8:17 am

@Another EPA Tragedy...

Let's please keep our reactions in perspective and consider the actual statistics. EPA just went 2 years straight without a murder.

Your kids are in more danger driving down 101 in Santa Clara county (~5 deaths per 100k residents annually).


Another EPA Tragedy
Community Center
on Oct 16, 2018 at 8:52 am
Another EPA Tragedy, Community Center
on Oct 16, 2018 at 8:52 am

> Let's please keep our reactions in perspective and consider the actual statistics. EPA just went 2 years straight without a murder.

That was yesterday. Like sports statistics, it is reflective of the past tense and no guarantee of the upcoming.


>> How will the media react if it is discovered that the suspect is undocumented?

I'm more curious as to how the public will react.


While EPA is making strides, it is still a dangerous place.





EPA
East Palo Alto
on Oct 16, 2018 at 9:15 am
EPA, East Palo Alto
on Oct 16, 2018 at 9:15 am

@Another EPA Tragedy

What's so dangerous about EPA? [Portion removed.] It's so sad that we still have this bad rap on our city when majority of the crime isn't even happening in EPA. Take a look around your city if you see no crime then you can make that statement. I'll wait!


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