A 30-year old male became the latest shooting victim in East Palo Alto. The deceased victim was discovered when the East Palo Alto Police received a Shot Spotter activation at 3:19 p.m. on July 20 for the 400 block of Larkspur Avenue.
When the police responded to the Shot Spotter activation, they found the male victim in a car, with multiple gunshot wounds in his upper body, sitting in the driver’s seat. The victim, who was identified as Latino, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Menlo Park Fire Department.
The East Palo Alto Police have thus far concluded from eyewitness reports that the victim was shot multiple times by the shooter or shooters when he arrived at the Larkspur location. The police report that the information received from their tip line revealed that a suspicious male of unknown race was seen running through Martin Luther King Park after the shooting. Witnesses said that he wore a red hat and a white shirt.
Additional information received through the tip line reported that a dark green or gray car, possibly a station wagon, was also seen in the area.
While the investigation is still ongoing, the police said that they do not suspect that the shooting was gang related.
The police are asking that anyone, with additional information about the crime, contact Detective Tommy Phengsene at 650-798-5947. Information can also be given to the East Palo Alto Police by calling 650 -321-1112, by sending an anonymous email to firstname.lastname@example.org; by sending an anonymous text from a cell phone to 650-409-6792 or by leaving an anonymous voice mail by calling 650-409-6792.
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