East Palo Alto police have identified a “person of interest” in a shooting at a party Friday night that killed one person and injured four others, a police captain said today.”The person of interest knows who is responsible for the shooting,” East Palo Alto police Capt. Carl Estelle said. “Whether or not he actually pulled the trigger we won’t say at this time, but he definitely was involved in arranging the shooting.”The Police Department’s “ShotSpotter” system alerted officers to gunshots in the area just before 9:30 p.m. While responding, the officers received a report of a shooting in that neighborhood on Addison Avenue, according to Detective Angel Sanchez.The officers found one shooting victim in a driveway of a home in the 2200 block of Addison Avenue. That victim, East Palo Alto resident William Sandoval, was pronounced dead at the scene, Sanchez said.A second victim, a juvenile who had been shot in the ankle, was also located at the home. He was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive, Sanchez said.While at the home, officers were notified of three more shooting victims who had arrived at a hospital with life-threatening injuries, Sanchez said.One of those victims, Roman Soria, had been shot in the face and another, Eduardo Contreras, suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The third victim, Ismael Velasquez, had been shot in the chest, Sanchez said.Police believe the shooting stemmed from a confrontation involving unwanted guests at a party. The confrontation turned into a fight and someone fired several shots into a crowd, striking the five victims, Sanchez said. Estelle said today police are hoping to talk to the person of interest to gain more information about the events of that night. “He definitely played a role in this entire incident,” Estelle said. “Once we get a hold of him, he can shed a lot of light on everything that happened that night.”Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call police at (650) 464-6837.
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