Driver is shot and killed, vehicle crashes into house

East Palo Alto police found the murder victim in a vehicle that had crashed into a house in the 900 block of Beech Street. Apple maps.

By the Daily Post staff

A 22-year-old man was shot and killed while driving in the 900 block of Beech Street in East Palo Alto on Christmas Eve, police said.

The victim’s name won’t be released until his family is notified. No arrests have been made.

ShotSpotter, the device that picks up the sound of gunfire in East Palo Alto, alerted police that there had been a shooting on Beech Street at 11:33 p.m. Friday.

Police arrived and found a vehicle had crashed through a fence and then slammed into the front porch of a home in the 900 block of Beech.

Officers checked the crashed vehicle and found the driver inside, though he was unresponsive, police said. Officers removed the man from the vehicle to render first aid when they saw he had possibly sustained gunshot wounds.

Menlo Park Fire Protection District paramedics arrived to provide aid to the victim. He was rushed via ambulance to a hospital for emergency medical treatment, where he succumbed to his injuries, police said.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police. Anonymous tips can be sent to [email protected] or via text to (650) 409-6792. Or witnesses can leave an anonymous voicemail by calling (650) 409-6792. Detective Aleyda Romero, who is handling the case, can be reached at (650) 853-7249.


  1. If they ever find who is responsible, they’ll probably see a long record of arrests with little or no incarceration. The crimes will become more serious over time, and then somebody is murdered. The Broken Window theory is playing out in front of our eyes here in East Palo Alto. The broken windows theory states that any visible signs of crime and civil disorder, such as broken windows (hence, the name of the theory) vandalism, loitering, public drinking, jaywalking, and shoplifting, create an urban environment that promotes even more crime and disorder. Time for the city council, police and the DA to change this course we’re on.

  2. Wow, I haven’t realized I’ve been contributing to an environment promoting “even more” crime and disorder when I loitered to look at someone’s garden or jaywalked–countless times. I’ll have to look over my shoulder before pulling a stunt like that again.
    Yeah, the commission of such “crimes” provide a great excuse for the police to further question the perpetrator and lead to many more such interactions–thus making the “perpetrators,” especially young black (or other minority) males, to feel harassed by the police. The other crimes mentioned would be greatly lessened by more economic and recreational opportunities made available to those involved. Of course, such interventions require a little imagination and sometimes money, but the payoff of producing young people involved positively in their communities pays for itself many times over.

  3. This is my grandfather’s home and not only are we concerned about this neighborhood and system but the overall system and neighborhoods In general. We must all do our part and it’s not always about jailing people where they learn more criminal behavior but to create opportunities and growth at a younger age to develop the minds away from crime. unfortunately our system is ran criminally too so it’s hard to get away from.

  4. Wow EPA going back to form of the wild old days. That’s great! Hopefully that’ll bring property values down, scare away top tech and be more affordable for the people again.

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