Violent Crime

East Palo Alto Shooting Victim Identified As 15-Year-Old Jose Quinonez

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A teenager who was shot and killed in East Palo Alto on Sunday night has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner’s office as 15-year-old Jose Quinonez. Police responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the 2800 block of Fordham Street at about 11 p.m. Upon arrival, officers found three teenage boys with gunshot wounds, police said. Quinonez, an East Palo Alto resident, was found with multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. The other two victims, ages 15 and 16, were transported to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries. A fourth teen escaped unharmed, police said. An investigation revealed that the four teens were sitting together inside a car when someone approached and fired several rounds into the vehicle, police said. Two suspects were seen fleeing the scene, possibly in a waiting gray or silver sedan, according to police. Investigators are working on determining a motive for the crime.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call East Palo Alto Detective Nua Lualemaga at (650) 798-5952 or (650) 321-1112, or anonymously to (650) 409-6792.

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