A 23-year-old East Palo Alto man was arrested in connection with the shooting of two teenagers in Mountain View in April, according to a press release from the Mountain View Police Department on Thursday.
Police said Dasein Lauese was arrested without incident at a Valero gas station at 334 San Antonio Road on June 30, around 7 p.m., after police detectives received a warrant. A gun was found in Lauese's car, police said, and investigators are in the process of determining if it's the same weapon used in the April shooting, the press release said.
Police conducted a search warrant at a home near the 2500 block of Baylor Street in East Palo Alto believed to be connected to Lauese. During the search, police said they found three guns, including an AR-15 and a loaded ghost gun, which is put together by the owner and untraceable. Another man, believed to be in possession of the ghost gun, was also arrested.
Lauese's arrest was the result of a months-long investigation, following the drive-by shooting that put two teenage Mountain View residents into the hospital.
On April 9, around 8:30 p.m., officers received reports of shots being fired on El Camino Real near Castro Street. Mountain View police said they believed someone was driving eastbound on El Camino Real, approached the victim's vehicle and fired several rounds before driving away.
One of the victims was hit several times around the upper part of his body, while the other victim suffered one gunshot wound to his upper body, police said. Both were hospitalized and have since made a full recovery, according to police.
Lauese was arrested on three counts of attempted murder, two counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle, possession of a loaded firearm and possession of a concealed firearm, the statement said. A 19-year-old East Palo Alto resident suspected of possessing the ghost gun was arrested on suspicion of possession of a concealed firearm, possession of a loaded firearm, possession of an unserialized firearm and resisting arrest, according to the statement.
Police are working to conclude the investigation, which involved multiple county and city agencies were involved, including the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, East Palo Alto Police Department, Union City Police Department, Los Altos Police Department and San Mateo County Gang task force members.