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Menlo Park police arrest two in shooting; gunfire captured on neighbor's video

Original post made on Apr 26, 2022

Police arrested two people in connection with a shooting that was captured by a resident's surveillance camera on Monday evening.

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Posted by NA
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 26, 2022 at 5:45 pm

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About once a week someone mounts a rifle or wields a handgun and fires it in the area. There's bullet damage in several local businesses in the area. There's a major problem with vehicular stalking here as well and that seems to precede many gun crimes. Overall if living in the area it's wise to be cognizant of the environment and avoid suspicious vehicles parked or driving on the street. I have personally encountered several armed people in public in Menlo Park/Palo Alto during the past 24 months in addition to being assaulted and threatened on multiple occasions. The community draws too much focus and attention to homeless people when it comes to crime, neglecting more serious violent and gun crimes.

Another problem in the area is community response to crime. There are 100s people that live in the area that proactively seek opportunities to intervene in emergency situations that they learn about through a variety of mediums. This includes anything from jilted contractors that arm themselves and roam the neighborhood seeking tool thieves or vandals, or armed residents patrolling their neighborhood after vehicle and home break-ins. When the residents are not armed with weapons, they are armed with a bad attitude and exercise bias when attempting to intervene in emergency situations that most of the time they have no stake in.

Overall, area crime is contributing to hysterical community behavior, which itself is often criminal. Area snipers murder people on roadways around here and they seem to misidentify their targets by appearance. Top many opportunities for innocent people to become targets of violence here.


Posted by Robert Cronin
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 27, 2022 at 4:29 pm

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Only one thing will reduce the incidence of gun violence in this country: Repeal or radical reinterpretation of the Second Amendment. It is too bad that this is politically impossible at this time. If you don't believe this, look up any plot of gun violence versus guns per capita by country. The U.S. is a great big outlier: Far more guns than any other country, and far greater gun violence.


Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 27, 2022 at 5:58 pm

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Robert:

you need to back out suicides that account for about 60% of "gun violence" to get an accurate idea of just how much gun violence occurs.


Posted by Enough
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 27, 2022 at 9:18 pm

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Robert,

The problem is that politicians don't want to enforce the myriad of laws already on the books because that does not get them any attention. They would rather pass new laws that have absolutely zero impact on gun violence but get them some attention.

Take this shooting, that gun is certainly illegal, the people shooting are more likely than not convicted felons who are not legally allowed to own or operate a firearm, the gun is most certainly not registered to them and I am sure there are violations of several other existing laws. Not to mention the fact that they fired the weapon in the city, into an occupied residence, attempted murder, etc. They violated enough laws that they could, and should, be locked up for the rest of their lives, or a very good portion of it. They won't be because is they are caught it will be pleaded down to a single felony or misdemeanor. However this is the kind of event that will bring out politicians trying to look tough on gun crimes and proposing new laws that will have zero impact on these criminals. Maybe the real answer is to enforce the laws we have and get these criminals off the streets?


Posted by MenloVoter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 28, 2022 at 7:28 am

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What Enough said. I spent ten years in law enforcement and watched as DA's plead down or plead away gun charges, gun enhancement charges and numerous felony charges in order to push a case off their desk. The people getting the plea deal didn't go to prison for anywhere near the time they should have. And when they came out they went right back to their criminal life.

There are plenty of laws on the books controlling guns, especially in California. If they actually were enforced, there would be a very large reduction in gun crime. But, as Enough has said, it won't happen. DA's will continue to plead down the charges and politicians will continue to grandstand proposing new laws that will have no effect on anyone but those that are law abiding. By definition criminals don't abide by the laws. More laws isn't the answer.


Posted by Reader
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on May 3, 2022 at 4:53 pm

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Thank you Menlo Park Police.


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