On January 26, 2013 at about 7:45 pm, the Menlo Park Police Department received several calls of gunshots being fired in the area of Willow Road and Bayfront Expressway in Menlo Park. Initial reports were that over 10 gunshots had been heard at this location. Menlo Park Police Officers responded to the scene and located evidence indicating that a shooting had occurred at this intersection. At this time, the Menlo Park Police dispatch center received calls that there were victims of a shooting, in a vehicle, at the McDonald’s parking lot at Bay and University Ave., in East Palo Alto.
Officers were able to determine that the victims located at the McDonalds in East Palo Alto, were the same victims that had been shot at in Menlo Park. The victim vehicle contained 5 adult occupants along with one child. The child, a 2-year old male, had been sitting on his mother’s lap in the rear passenger seat. Both the 2-year old child and the 24-year-old mother had been shot. The child had been shot in the legs along with a grazing wound to his head. The mother of the child had also been shot in the legs. No other occupants of the victim vehicle were injured.
The two injured victims were transported by ambulance to Stanford Medical Center, where they have been listed in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. Preliminary investigation indicates that the occupants of the victim vehicle had an altercation with the occupants in another vehicle on Willow Road. As the two vehicles approached the Bayfront Expressway, a passenger in the suspect vehicle brandished a handgun and shot at the victim vehicle at least 10 times, striking the rear driver’s side of the victim vehicle. The driver of the victim vehicle then fled the area, ending up stopped at the McDonald’s parking lot in East Palo Alto.
The suspect vehicle was described as a green or dark green 2000’s Honda 4DR, and was last seen travelling W/B on Bayfront Expressway from Willow Road. The suspect vehicle was occupied by two Hispanic male subjects and there is no further description of the suspects or the vehicle.
The investigation is continuing by the Menlo Park Police Detective Unit. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Menlo Park Police Department at (650) 330-6300 or our anonymous tip line at (650)330-6395; refer case number 13-0264.