A 23-year-old man was shot to death in front of his apartment in Menlo Park this morning, a police spokeswoman said. Officers received a call at 9:09 a.m. from a “hysterical” female reporting a disturbance at 835 Pierce Road, Menlo Park police spokeswoman Nicole Acker said. A second call came in a short time later reporting shots fired. Officers responded within minutes, Acker said. Police found the victim in front of his apartment. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s wearing all black. He fled east on Carlton Avenue in a white car. No motive has been established, Acker said. At about 10:30 a.m. the victim’s body lay covered by a yellow tarp on the front lawn of the gray, two-story apartment building, which is decorated with Christmas lights. Police have blocked off the intersection of Pierce Road and Carlton Avenue. Neighbors have gathered to watch the activity. The death marks the city’s first homicide this year. Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text at 408-355-0999 if you have any information that can help solve this crime.
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