Police Investigate Drive-By Shooting; No Injuries

Published on November 21, 2022

Palo Alto, CA Police are investigating a drive-by shooting this afternoon at Stanford Shopping Center where an unknown suspect fired at least two rounds from El Camino Real, striking a window of a restaurant and an unoccupied parked car nearby. No people were struck by the gunfire.  The suspect remains at large.

On Monday, November 21, 2022, at about 4:25 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from an employee of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse at Stanford Shopping Center, located at 180 El Camino Real, stating that the building had been struck by a bullet.  Officers responded immediately and confirmed that a large plate glass window near the front door had been struck by gunfire.  The restaurant was open for business at the time, and customers were inside.  No one was injured.

The ensuing investigation revealed that two bullet casings from a handgun were found on the east side of the 100 block of El Camino Real.  Police located a witness who reported seeing the suspect extending a handgun out the driver’s window of a black Chevrolet Camaro as it headed northbound on El Camino Real in front of the restaurant.  The witness could not describe the suspect.  Police later located an unoccupied parked vehicle near the restaurant that had also been struck by a handgun round.

Well after the shooting occurred, police received a second-hand report that someone inside the shopping center had thought they had seen a person wearing a holster on their belt.  The report did not include information that they had also seen a firearm.  Officers searched the mall as a precaution.  The on-scene police supervisors did not order a lockdown of the shopping center, based on the credible witness who had reported seeing the suspect flee the scene contemporaneously to the shooting.

Detectives are actively investigating this case.  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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