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Suspect arrested in infant's death

Police arrest one of two suspects who they said shot three, killed infant, in East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto police have arrested a suspect in the Sunday morning shooting and killing of a 3-month-old baby on Wisteria Drive.

The arrest, which police plan to discuss at a noon press conference, follows a manhunt that begun shortly after the shooting.

Police said two gunmen opened fire on a vehicle at about 12:50 a.m. Sunday, wounding the boy's parents and killing the baby. The parents, both Redwood City residents, were on their way back from a baby shower at the 400 block of Wisteria Drive when the shooting occurred, acting Capt. Jeff Liu said.

Both parents suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and were taken to Stanford Hospital. The baby was pronounced dead at about 2:15 a.m., according to police. He was shot in the head, police said.

The couple's 3-year-old son was also in the car. He was reportedly unharmed.

Police are not releasing the names of the parents at this time. They are both 22 years old.

The two gunmen are described as men wearing dark-hooded sweatshirts; they were seen fleeing from the scene, Liu said. The men were specifically firing at the victims' vehicle, he said.

Police Chief Ron Davis announced a $25,000 reward for any information that could lead to the suspects' capture. Police chaplains conducted a vigil on the block where the shooting occurred Sunday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the triple shooting is encouraged to call or send a text message to East Palo Alto police at 650-409-6792.

Witnesses can also send tips to epa@tipnow.org.

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm

What a tragedy. Well, the news broke that the motive was gang retaliation, and mistaken identity by teenagers. What supports gangs to gather and live together more than over crowding in non-code complying structures in San Mateo County? (which they say is not a priority to enforce). City and county leaders must stand up and live up to their responsibility to rid the blight and over crowding where most gangs live. There must have more police patrols to stop the parties after 10pm with amplified music that go on all night where people get drunk then get brave(in their own minds). Sad for all involved.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Sad case and a sad loss of live for what? May the suspect have a teriffic life in prison. What a waste of live for what?


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