East Palo Alto: 16-Year-old Boy Killed, Two Other Teens Injured

By Christie Smith and staff reports
|  Monday, May 20, 2013  |  Updated 11:31 AM PDT
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Luis Quinones, a 16-year-old boy's father, speaks out to NBC Bay Area about his son, Jose Luis Quinones, who was shot and killed late Sunday night in East Palo Alto. Christie Smith reports.

Luis Quinones, a 16-year-old boy's father, speaks out to NBC Bay Area about his son, Jose Luis Quinones, who was shot and killed late Sunday night in East Palo Alto. Christie Smith reports.

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A 16-year-old Woodside High School student was killed and two other teenage boys were injured in a hail of gunfire while they were sitting in a car in East Palo Alto, where police on Monday were looking for the suspects.

The city' Shot Spotter system picked up the gunshot just before 11 p.m. Sunday in the 2800 block of Fordham Street. Menlo Park firefighters tried to save the 16-year-old boy who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds, police said, but he died at the scene. Two other victims, a 15- and 16-year-old boy, were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Luis Quinones on Monday identified the 16-year-old as his son, Jose Luis Quinones, who played football for the Woodside High Wildcats. (Pictured to the right.) He said his son was a "good boy," who was not in a gang and didn't have a gun in the car, as far as he knew. He said that his son was coming home from McDonald's with his friends.

Police say the three - along with a fourth friend who wasn't' injured - were sitting together inside a white car when possibly two suspects approached them and fired multiple rounds into the vehicle. An image of the car showed many bullet holes inside the door of the car. There were at least 15 rounds fired into the car.

The suspects fled the scene, and possibly left in an awaiting gray or silver sedan. The motive is unknown at this time.

Anyone who may have witnessed or has any information regarding this shooting is encouraged to contact Detective Nua Lualemaga at 650-798-5952 or contact the East Palo Alto Police Department:

  •  East Palo Alto Police Dispatch 650-321-1112
  •  Send an anonymous email to epa@tipnow.org
  •  Send an anonymous text from your cell phone to 650-409-6792
  •  Leave an anonymous voice mail by calling 650-409-6792

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