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East Palo Alto police investigate shootings

Brandon Bradford, 19, killed, second person injured Wednesday morning

Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man and the shooting of another in East Palo Alto Wednesday (Dec. 14), a police spokeswoman said. The San Mateo County Coroner's Office has identified the victim as East Palo Alto resident Brandon Bradford.

Officers were dispatched to the 2400 block of Gonzaga Street after the city's ShotSpotter system detected possible gunfire in that area at about 11:50 a.m., East Palo Alto police Officer Veronica Barries said.

Arriving officers found Bradford, who had been shot multiple times, Barries said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A second man was also shot Wednesday. Tywaun Livingston, 18, of East Palo Alto suffered a gunshot wound to his torso.

Livingston was walking with a friend in the 100 block of Verbena Drive when an unidentified suspect fired upon them. Livingston found a friend to transport him to the hospital.

The East Palo Alto Police Department had increased/targeted patrol staffing at the time of the shooting in response to a shooting homicide earlier in the day and reports of shots fired in the city, police said.

As Livingston and his friend were driving to the hospital, they were stopped by a police officer responding to the shooting scene. Livingston was found to be in possession of a handgun, according to police.

Livingston was provided with medical aid at the scene of the stop and transported to Stanford Hospital by ambulance. He is expected to survive his injury. The friend was not injured.

The East Palo Alto Police Department is looking into the possibility that both shootings might be related. Both Bradford and Livingston played football for the Palo Alto Knights Pop Warner team in the mid-2000s.

No one has been identified in connection with the killing and shooting and police are seeking witnesses.

Anyone with information regarding either crime can contact the East Palo Alto Police Department anonymously by emailing epa@tipnow.org or call or text-a-tip to 650-409-6792.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

— Palo Alto Online staff

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