East Palo Alto teenage brothers were wounded late Wednesday night as they sat on the front steps of their home, smoking a cigarette, authorities said.
East Palo Alto police said officers were dispatched to the 2500 block of Farrington Way after a shot spotter detected 23 discharges around 10:56 p.m.
Arriving officers found spent shells and were contacted by a resident reporting that two wounded teens were in a home at 2543 Farrington Way.
The officers entered the home and found a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old suffering from non life-threatening wounds.
The victims were transported to the hospital for treatment. The 16-year-old was released with a minor leg wound while his brother remained hospitalized with foot and ankle injuries.
“We were smoking a cigarette (on the front steps of their home) and the car just stopped,” the 16-year-old told KTVU. “We said -- ‘Who is that?’ and he just started shooting. “
Investigators initially said it appeared the shooting was the result of a road rage incident but the 16-year-old denied it. He said he didn’t even have a license.
“I have no idea (why police would say it was road rage),” he said. “People now a days don’t really care about other people’s lives. They don’t know who was sitting here because it was dark. They just started shooting. I don’t know what it was over.”
Authorities were searching for a Latino male in a newer model silver Honda. The 16-year-old said he had seen the car before but didn’t know who owned it.
“It’s scary to be out here right now,” he told KTVU.
Despite being on crutches, the teen said he still planned on attending school Thursday.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to send a text message to 650-409-6792 or leave an anonymous voice mail at 650-409-6792 or 650-853-8477.
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