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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

My City

Five shootings in 5 days with nine hurt, one overdose and another homicide over a week ago. It's been an especially violent couple of weeks in EPA. What's been particularly shocking is that some of the victims have been children and women. This is revealing the insidious nature of the shootings. There is a meeting today with some faith leaders and the police department as well as other prayer events stirring.

Here is the official press release from yesterday's shootings: 
At approximately 08:44 P.M., East Palo Alto Police Officers were summoned to the 2800 block of Illinois Street for a Shot Spotter Activation. While police officers responded to the 2800 block of Illinois Street, police officers learned that a possible shooting victim arrived at a home on the 1600 block of Michigan Avenue. In a divided response, police officers responded to the 1600 block of Michigan Avenue and the 2800 block of Illinois Street.

When police officers arrived on the 2800 block of Illinois Street, they checked the area and located evidence consistent with the original Shot Spotter Activation. When other police officers arrived on the 1600 block of Michigan Avenue, they contacted a shooting victim, identified as, Fernando Knight, a 43 year old East Palo Alto resident.

The victim suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and he was immediately provided with medical care by Fire/Medical personnel of the Menlo Park Fire Department. The victim was subsequently transported to a local hospital for further medical treatment where he was listed in stable condition.

This shooting is actively being investigated by detectives from the East Palo Alto Police Department Criminal Investigations Division. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Angel Sanchez at 650.853.3144 or at 650.853.3160. Witnesses also have the option of calling the East Palo Alto Police Anonymous Tip Line at 650.851.8477.
Please join with us in prayer for our city.

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