An 18-year-old man was arrested in Redwood City Friday afternoon, Dec. 7, after a two-month search for a suspect in a shooting on U.S. 101, Belmont police said. Three people were injured, including a Menlo Park man.
East Palo Alto resident Eric Valencia Vargas was arrested at 1 p.m. in the 700 block of Veterans Boulevard in Redwood City on suspicion of multiple charges including attempted homicide, police said.
Vargas allegedly shot at three people in a Dodge Charger as they drove south on U.S. 101 near the Ralston Avenue off-ramp in Belmont on Sept. 30 around 3:30 p.m., police said.
The car, believed to be targeted either because of a road rage incident or a previous dispute, veered off the road after it was struck by multiple bullets, police said.
It crashed through a construction fence about a mile farther south, near an off-ramp to Holly Street in San Carlos.
Two of the car's three occupants, a 19-year-old East Palo Alto man and a 24-year-old Menlo Park man, were hospitalized with injuries from the shooting. A 23-year-old Santa Cruz woman suffered minor injuries from the crash, police said.
Two of them were released that night from hospitals while the third was released in early October, police said.
No other vehicles were struck by bullets, and no one else was injured, police said.
Following the shooting, a two-month investigation to find the shooter was led by Belmont police, who worked with several Bay Area law enforcement agencies, including the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and the East Palo Alto and San Francisco police departments.