One teen was killed and two others wounded in the latest outbreak of violence in the streets of East Palo Alto.
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EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. —
East Palo Alto Police Chief Ronald Davis declared a crime emergency Monday to battle a spike in street violence that was capped by the deadly overnight gang-related shooting of three teens.
Davis’ action, which goes into effect on Tuesday, will allow police commanders to cancel days off and make swift assignment changes.
The chief said the action was needed because since January there have been five murders and over 50 assaults with a firearm in East Palo Alto.
The latest incident took place about 11 p.m. Sunday night when a gunman opened fire on a parked car that contained 15-year-old Jose Quinonez and three of his friends. The high-caliber bullets ripped through the car, killing Quinonez and wounding two of his friends.
The two other victims, ages 15 and 16, were transported to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries. A fourth teen escaped unharmed, police said.
Investigators have determined the shooting was gang-related. However, Quinonez’s family told reporters that the teen was not involved in gang activity and was killed by mistake.
Two suspects were seen fleeing the scene, possibly in a waiting gray or silver sedan, according to police.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call East Palo Alto Detective Nua Lualemaga at (650) 798-5952 or (650) 321-1112, or anonymously to (650) 409-6792.
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