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EPA police conducting parole, probation sweeps

Police cracking down on gangs in aftermath of infant shooting death

East Palo Alto police are conducting parole and probation sweeps throughout the city today as part of an ongoing crackdown on gang activity.

The sweeps are partly in response to the June 5 shooting death of 3-month-old Izack Jesus Jimenez Garcia, who was killed when two people opened fire on his family as they left a baby shower in East Palo Alto.

Investigators believe the family was mistaken for Sureno gang members and that the shooting was in retaliation for a gang-related beating in Redwood City the previous week.

Acting police Capt. Jeff Liu said the case has captured the hearts of community members, and that today's searches are the beginning stages of an effort to let gang members know that gang activity won't be tolerated in the city.

"A 3-month-old baby is not collateral damage," Liu said.

— Bay City News Service

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