$20,000 Reward Offered in Weekend Shooting Case

Published on February 01, 2022

Palo Alto, CA Mothers Against Murder, a local non-profit charitable organization, is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect responsible for shooting at a resident over the weekend who had interrupted a series of thefts from parked cars.

On Saturday, January 29, 2022, at about 11:58 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call of a shot fired during an interrupted theft from auto that had just occurred in the 3600 block of South Court.  The caller advised that the suspects fled in a vehicle, and that he had not been hit.  Officers responded immediately but could not locate the suspects.

The investigation revealed that the victim, a man in his thirties, noticed lights shining in the street outside his home.  When he looked outside, he saw multiple suspects walking down the street with flashlights, shining the lights into parked cars and trying to open car doors.  He went outside to confront them and found one of the suspects standing by the open driver’s door of his car in his driveway.  The victim chased the suspects on foot as they ran to a waiting getaway vehicle.  As the suspects were getting into the vehicle, the victim heard what he believed to be a gunshot and believed he saw the impact of the round on the pavement in front of him.  The vehicle left northbound on South Court and then eastbound on East Meadow Drive.  The victim then called police.  Officers located an expended casing from a .40 caliber handgun at the scene and will be processing it for evidence.

Police believe this group of suspects was the same group later reported to have been doing similar crimes in the 700 block of Talisman Court earlier in the evening.  To learn more about these incidents, read the news release we distributed on Sunday, January 30.

“We hope that this reward will spur someone with information about this dangerous suspect and his accomplices to come forward and speak with our detectives,” said Chief Robert A. Jonsen of the Palo Alto Police Department.  “Violence of any kind will not be tolerated in our community, and we are deeply appreciative of the support of Mothers Against Murder to help reduce gun violence.”

Mothers Against Murder, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, was founded in 2003 by longtime Palo Alto resident Roger Smith, who is still the corporation’s chairman.  For more information about Mothers Against Murder, visit their website at www.mothersagainstmurder.org or call (650) 285-9221.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to (650) 383-8984.

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