A man was killed in a shooting in East Palo Alto on Tuesday night, marking the city's first homicide of the year, police said. He was identifed Wednesday as a 28-year-old Hayward man who was an intern at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Officers responded to a report of a gunshot fired in the 900 block of Mouton Circle shortly after 8 p.m., police Cmdr. Jeff Liu said in a press release. The block is just east of Joel Davis Park and not far from the Ravenswood Shopping Center.
Police arrived to find a man with a gunshot wound and called for paramedics. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Liu said. He was identified on Wednesday as Alexis Pulido Garcia by the San Mateo County Coroner's office.
Pulido Garcia listed on his Facebook page that he was from East Palo Alto. He attended Hayward High School and studied chemistry at Ohlone College, graduating in 2013. He was in an internship program at the Berkeley Lab in 2013, according to his Facebook page.
Laurel Kellner, a spokeswoman for the Berkeley Lab, said the lab had an individual with a similar name in 2014 who was potentially an affiliate of the lab but she had no further confirmation regarding Pulido Garcia.
Fire crews responded to a reported medical emergency in the block at about 8:10 p.m. and remained there for about 45 minutes, according to PulsePoint, an app displaying emergency response incidents.
Residents living in the area of the shooting reported on Citizen, a community crime-reporting app, that police were looking for a suspect or suspects and set up a perimeter around Tinsley and Tate streets, bringing in K-9 units and a helicopter to search for the shooter.
A resident said on the Facebook social networking site East Palo Alto Neighbors that they received an alert from San Mateo County emergency services informing them to shelter in place while officers investigated the incident. Police ended the shelter warning at about 1 a.m.
The fatal shooting is the city's first homicide of 2020, Liu said.
Police have not released further details, such as information on a suspect or whether an arrest was made.
The city recorded one homicide last year when a man died on Sept. 9 from a shooting two days earlier that allegedly involved an "illegal transaction" near East Bayshore Road and Pulgas Avenue, police said.
In 2018, the city saw three homicides. One occurred on Dec. 13, 2018 when a man was shot and killed on Beech Street near Martin Luther King Park. The two other cases happened on Oct. 14, 2018 during a Halloween party behind a towing business at Pulgas Avenue and Bay Road.
No arrests have been made in the 2018 and 2019 cases.
Anyone with information about Tuesday night's homicide can do so anonymously by email at [email protected] or by text message or voicemail to 650-409-6792.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.