Menlo Park police responding to a report of gunshots on Thursday night found a 19-year-old man, Carl Purvis Jr., dead behind the wheel of his car.
The dark blue Pontiac was resting on the curb in the 500 block of Pierce Road, a few blocks away from where investigators discovered broken automobile glass. Medics reported that Mr. Purvis, a resident of Stockton and East Palo Alto, had been shot in the torso.
According to police, unidentified gunmen in an older model red American car with large rims and a spoiler opened fire on the Pontiac at the corner of Newbridge Street and Almanor Avenue around 6 p.m. on Aug. 18. Witnesses reported the red car fled south on Newbridge.
So far nothing links the case to other local shootings, said police spokesperson Nicole Acker.
The police ask anyone who might have information regarding this case to call 330-6300 or the anonymous tip line at 330-6395.