A 54-year-old Palo Alto man was shot and killed in the parking lot of San Mateo’s Hillsdale Shopping Center today in the city’s first homicide of the year, police said.The man was shot once in the back at about 5:40 p.m. in the west parking lot of the mall, located at 60 31st St., according to police. He appears to have been targeted. The victim was taken by ambulance to a local trauma center, where he died, police said. Officers arrived on the scene within minutes of the shooting but were unable to find a suspect.Police cordoned off a crime scene in the parking lot, but business inside the mall was not disrupted.The shooting was the city’s first homicide of the year.
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