News

Two injured when teen accidentally discharges firearm in parked vehicle

Pair initially reported they were robbed, which police later determined was unfounded

Two teenagers were injured Thursday when one of them accidentally discharged a firearm while he was in his parked truck at the Stanford Shopping Center parking lot.

Two teenagers were treated for injuries they suffered when a firearm was accidentally discharged at the Stanford Shopping Center parking lot in Palo Alto, police reported May 12, 2022. Embarcadero Media file photo.

One of the male teens shot himself in the hand, and the round then struck another occupant of the vehicle in the leg, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

Police responded to an area hospital on Thursday, May 12, at 12:17 a.m. on a report of two people who had just arrived with gunshot wounds. The injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The teens initially reported they had been the victims of an armed robbery that had occurred about 30 minutes earlier at the Stanford Shopping Center parking lot, but police ultimately determined there had not been a robbery.

Police said the teens had been sitting in a truck smoking marijuana when one of them accidentally discharged a handgun.

Help sustain the local news you depend on.

Your contribution matters. Become a member today.

Join

They then drove themselves to the hospital for treatment.

Investigators located a bloodied handgun with no serial number under the driver's seat of the truck.

Police said the case will be forwarded to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office for review and any applicable charges.

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 [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.

Stay informed

Get daily headlines sent straight to your inbox in our Express newsletter.

Stay informed

Get daily headlines sent straight to your inbox in our Express newsletter.

Follow Palo Alto Online and the Palo Alto Weekly on Twitter @paloaltoweekly, Facebook and on Instagram @paloaltoonline for breaking news, local events, photos, videos and more.

Stay informed on important law enforcement news. Sign up for our FREE daily Express newsletter.

Two injured when teen accidentally discharges firearm in parked vehicle

Pair initially reported they were robbed, which police later determined was unfounded

by Bay City News Service /

Uploaded: Fri, May 13, 2022, 9:00 am

Two teenagers were injured Thursday when one of them accidentally discharged a firearm while he was in his parked truck at the Stanford Shopping Center parking lot.

One of the male teens shot himself in the hand, and the round then struck another occupant of the vehicle in the leg, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

Police responded to an area hospital on Thursday, May 12, at 12:17 a.m. on a report of two people who had just arrived with gunshot wounds. The injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The teens initially reported they had been the victims of an armed robbery that had occurred about 30 minutes earlier at the Stanford Shopping Center parking lot, but police ultimately determined there had not been a robbery.

Police said the teens had been sitting in a truck smoking marijuana when one of them accidentally discharged a handgun.

They then drove themselves to the hospital for treatment.

Investigators located a bloodied handgun with no serial number under the driver's seat of the truck.

Police said the case will be forwarded to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office for review and any applicable charges.

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 [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.

Comments

Old Palo Alto Resident
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on May 13, 2022 at 2:36 pm
Old Palo Alto Resident, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on May 13, 2022 at 2:36 pm

Shouldn’t the police investigates how the teens come into possession of the gun and what are their intentions of bringing the gun to Stanford Shopping Mall late at night?


Hulkamania
Registered user
Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 13, 2022 at 3:56 pm
Hulkamania, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on May 13, 2022 at 3:56 pm

Who sez weed doesn't kill?


Robert Cronin
Registered user
Menlo Park
on May 13, 2022 at 9:03 pm
Robert Cronin, Menlo Park
Registered user
on May 13, 2022 at 9:03 pm

Repeal the Second Amendment.


eileen
Registered user
College Terrace
on May 13, 2022 at 9:20 pm
eileen , College Terrace
Registered user
on May 13, 2022 at 9:20 pm

Why do these teens have an unregistered ghost gun? And why were they not arrested for that?


Bystander
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 14, 2022 at 6:58 am
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on May 14, 2022 at 6:58 am

Who parks in Stanford SC at this time of night? Isn't it quite apparent that anyone sitting in a car is either sleeping there for the night or up to no good?


John
Registered user
Adobe-Meadow
on May 15, 2022 at 1:06 pm
John, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on May 15, 2022 at 1:06 pm

@eileen, they’re not arrested because they’re teens who committed a non violent offense under recent changes to the penal code. Yes, an accidental discharge is non violent. Voters and the community have also made it clear that they want a stop to the over policing of black and brown bodies. They need love and diversion, not incarceration.


eileen
Registered user
College Terrace
on May 16, 2022 at 8:02 am
eileen , College Terrace
Registered user
on May 16, 2022 at 8:02 am

John,

Is it legal to carry a loaded unregistered ghost gun
in your car? Why were these kids not arrested for that?

Are the kids expected to go to counseling or some sort of program?
Otherwise, they will be back on the street tomorrow with their loaded guns.


John
Registered user
Adobe-Meadow
on May 16, 2022 at 11:31 am
John, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on May 16, 2022 at 11:31 am

@eileen I think I answered your sensible question in my previous comment. Pathologically compassionate local voters have ensured that teens are virtually untouchable by police.
If you want rational response to crime, to treat criminals as the threat to society they are along with law and order there’s many states in the Union that provide that. California is not one of them.


Anonymous
Registered user
Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 16, 2022 at 12:43 pm
Anonymous, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on May 16, 2022 at 12:43 pm

I think Public Safety should take priority over the coddling of teens out with guns (who shoot the gun off in public).


Erin Hubbell
Registered user
Mountain View
on May 16, 2022 at 2:51 pm
Erin Hubbell, Mountain View
Registered user
on May 16, 2022 at 2:51 pm

They should have had the 'safety' on but one should never trust a safety setting.

The basic rule, "treat every firearm as if it were loaded" aptly applies.

And of course...alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, crystal meth, heroin/fentynal, LSD and other substances do not mix well with firearms.

They should have been more careful and better yet, not been that position to begin with.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Post a comment

In order to encourage respectful and thoughtful discussion, commenting on stories is available to those who are registered users. If you are already a registered user and the commenting form is not below, you need to log in. If you are not registered, you can do so here.

Please make sure your comments are truthful, on-topic and do not disrespect another poster. Don't be snarky or belittling. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

See our announcement about requiring registration for commenting.