Menlo Park Neighbors Scared Following Gunfire

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    Resident Sandro Chavez and others are fearful after Menlo Park police arrested four possible gang-members early Monday morning after receiving reports of gunfire on the 1200 block of Madera Avenue. George Kiriyama reports. (Published Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012)

        Sandro Chavez wonders how much longer he can live on Madera Avenue in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park. After Monday morning's gunfire on his street, he's actually thinking of moving his family to another place.

     "We're going to protect our kids," Chavez said as held his five month old baby boy. "You know with him, 5 months old, you never know. Definitely you want to be able to protect him at all times."

         Police arrested four people following the 4:30 a.m. shooting: Kennetha Hahn, 28; Deangelo Williams, 22; Jerry Coneal, 18; and Chariece Chew, 19, all of Menlo Park. Officers searched one home in the 1200 block of Madera Avenue and found numerous shell casings, two assault rifles, a nine millimeter handgun and ten ounces of marijuana. Police say the gunfire came from this home and the bullets hit two other nearby homes.  Investigators say the four arrested may be part of a gang. They say the motive for the shooting remains unclear.

         One woman, who did not want to be identified, said, "My main concern is my family and all of these youngsters that are killin' and shooting each other. Hopefully, that maybe this can all come to an end one day".

          This is the second violent incident in the Belle Haven neighborhood in eleven days. On Nov. 2, four people were shot in a drive-by shooting on Ivy Drive and Windermere Avenue, just a couple of couple of blocks away from Madera Avenue.

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