2 Suspects Arrested In East Palo Alto Baby Shooting Death

EAST PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — A shooting that killed an infant in East Palo Alto early Sunday morning may have been a mistaken act of retaliation for a gang-related beating that occurred in Redwood City last week, police said Monday.

Police have arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with the killing, and have a second teen in custody on a weapons charge.

The infant, a 3-month-old boy, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head when two people opened fire on the car he was in with his family as they left a baby shower on Wisteria Drive around 1 a.m., according to police.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Ivonne Garcia Lopez, who was shot in the leg in the attack, said she threw herself over her 4-year-old son Isaiah and 3-month-old son Izak Jesus when two people opened fire on the family’s car.

“They destroyed my family,” Garcia Lopez said. “I am so devastated with this loss.”

The young mother cried intermittently as she gave her account of the shooting at a noon news conference held by East Palo Alto police, who were announcing the arrest of a 17-year-old boy in the case.

Garcia Lopez said she and her husband, 22-year-old Oscar Jimenez, were driving away from the party when the gunmen opened fire, shooting at the car from the side.

Isaiah was not injured in the shooting, Garcia Lopez said. Izak, who would have been 4 months old on June 12, suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

“I took him out of the car seat and he had a hole in his head,” she said, weeping.

Jimenez called 911 to report the shooting and drove the family to Stanford Hospital, where Izak was declared dead at 2:15 a.m.

At Monday’s news conference, acting police Capt. Jeff Liu said investigators believe the teen they have arrested for the killing was beaten up by Sureno gang members during a confrontation in Redwood City on May 31.

Early Sunday morning, Liu said, investigators believe the teen and a second person spotted the victims in East Palo Alto and mistook them for the attackers.

Police sketches of the two men sought in the murder of a 3-month-old in East Palo Alto. (East Palo Alto PD)

Police sketches of the two teens arrested in the murder of a 3-month-old in East Palo Alto. (East Palo Alto PD)

“Our investigation tells us that the suspect that we’ve arrested saw two individuals on Wisteria he believed to have participated in the crime in Redwood City,” Liu said.

He said police believe the teen and his cohort armed themselves and opened fire on their car.

Liu said the mother and father were not involved in the beating, and that the shooting was a case of mistaken identity.

The killing prompted intense collaboration between East Palo Alto police and other agencies, including Palo Alto and Menlo Park police and the San Mateo County gang task force, police Chief Ron Davis said.

A special team was formed to investigate the case, and its members began to focus on all known gang members in the area where the shooting happened.

At about 1 p.m. Sunday, police went to a home on Larkspur Drive, the next street over from Wisteria Drive, where they recovered three handguns and took two teens, ages 16 and 17, into custody on weapons charges, Liu said.

Lui said that while they were questioning the teens, one made statements implicating himself in the shooting and was arrested in connection with that case.

The teen, whose name has not been released, is being held at Juvenile Hall. Davis said he is not making a recommendation to the district attorney’s office on whether to charge him as an adult.

A $25,000 reward is still being offered in the case.

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  1. Sam says:

    $10 bucks says it was gang related.

    1. Jamie Estevez says:

      Maybe there’s something to be said about Iran’s legal system. If there was ever a case that called for cruel and unusual punishment to be implemented it was this one. I don’t care if they are 16 and 17. In the old country they would be considered adults and the punishment would be swift and there would be blood atonement.

  2. G. says:

    IS THAT A PICTURE OF SERG AND VR? LOVE YOUR COMMENTS ON OTHER STORIES.

  3. Jennifer says:

    this make me sick! 3 month old INNOCENT baby didnt did anything wrong doesnt deserve this. I WISH THEY GET THE DEALTH PENALTY. thats what they deserve.

    1. Little Madd says:

      you aint nobody to say what the minors should get!!

      1. BOB says:

        Hey butt head Little Madd,If they act like adults, then they should be treated like adults!!!!

      2. Jennifer Nunez Lee says:

        you must not have kids. you are so cold hearted. a poor little baby was killed. he didnt even get to live more than 3 month!

  4. sr says:

    they need to be charged as adults and given the death penalty. stupid gang members. they probably don’t even care that they killed a little baby.

  5. vl says:

    sf
    That’s such a sad story!!! I do hope they get death penalty! My heart goes to the family!!

  6. Chrisitan says:

    I feel that they should be charged as adults because they knew what they were doing and are dumb enough to even did that crime with guns in the first place!

  7. An eye 4 an eye says:

    Since these two sons of a b itch are minors, we won’t see their pictures, and they might be on parole soon.

  8. Kill 'em all says:

    Stinking gang bangers.

  9. Make the Right Choice says:

    If the parents of these two teens had known what their sons had been doing at night.. Would they have allowed them out the door?

  10. JQP says:

    Little Madd sounds suspiciously close to this event – ‘methinks he doth protest too much’ – INSIDE KNOWLEDGE perhaps? You seem to have some insight as to who the shooter was aiming at. And no one has said that the parents of the murdered baby had taken their children around gang members. By all published reports, this was a family neighborhood.

    So what do you know about ‘mistakes’ hmm…..? Best come clean Little Madd and tell the authorities what YOU KNOW about this.

    I suggest CBS run a trace on the email & computer ID of Little Madd…..

    1. Alma Garcia says:

      I agree with JQP. God is the only person than can take ones life, so even if it was aimed for the mother that does not make it right either.

  11. Big John says:

    Little Madd is a prime example of functional illiteracy, having demonstrated very little or no education.

  12. Alma says:

    If those teenager feel so tough carring a gun and thinking they have a right to take someone elses life than they should give themselves up to the police and face the consequences . I was born in this neighborhhod and its sad that instead of fighting together as hispanic for a better cause there figting over stupid stuff.

  13. Angel says:

    Im betting the parents were not as innocent as the paper is making them seem. And a baby getting shot is so tragic. The boys should be punished. But they are blind to whats really going on and it is not all their fault. Instead of all you bitter people wishing these boys dead why not pray for them? Your hatred is no better than theirs. For all you know they can be terrified by what theyve done. But what in the world is a 3 month old baby doing out at one on the morning for a baby shower? I see this alot, maybe the father or mother was involved more than you think. And if the man did hurt these boys previously? Shouldnt he share some blame? It goes both ways people and no one can judge but god. So pray these boys redeem themselves. Not that they die!

    1. BOB says:

      So Angel, you put the blame on the parents ? People can’t go to family events? You don’t when this baby shower started, It could have been going on for hours. These little cowerds were also out at 1:00 AM. They shot at a car not knowing WHO was inside. The punks, as you say “ARE BLIND TO WHATS REALLY GOING ON AND IT’S NOT ALL THEIR FAULT”. People like you make me sick.Who are you, one of these little punks gang member? A baby is dead and you feel these punks should get a slap on the wrist. How would feel if it was your BABY?

  14. JQP says:

    A gun ihas only one purpose: to KILL. It makes no difference whether the shooters hit their intended target or not. By firing a gun, they intended to kill. They crossed a line which goes beyond the pale of being a civilized person. They should be tried as adults – and face the fullest extent of the law. Period.

  15. CHAMP415 says:

    I AGREE AND DISAGREE WITH A LOT OF YOU, WHEN YOU COMMIT A CRIME, REGARDLESS OF AGE (ISNT THAT ALWAYS THE LAME EXCUSE, THEY’RE YOUNG, THEY DONT KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING, LOL, SURE), YOU SHOULD PAY FOR WHAT YOU’VE DONE, IF THE FATHER WAS OR WASNT GANG RELATED, THOSE TWO “IDIOTS” SHOULD’VE NEVER SHOT AT THE MOTHER OR TWO INNOCENT KIDS, A BABY AT THAT, ESPECIALLY AT SUCH A CLOSE RANGE, GOES TO SHOW YOU THE MENTALITY THEY HAD WHEN THEY COMMITED THE CRIME, WHEN YOU DECIDE TO MAKE “ADULT” DECISSIONS, GUESS WHAT, YOU SHOULD GET TREATED LIKE ONE AND PLEASE, DONT USE GOD AND ETC AS A JUSTIFIABLE REASON FOR WHAT THEY DID OR HOW THEY SHOULD BE JUDGED, I’M NOT JUDGING ANY OF THEM, CAUSE I MYSELF WAS RUNNING THE STREETS AS A GANG BANGER, BUT, IF I COMMITED A CRIME SUCH AS THIS, THEN, BEING A “MAN”, I WOULD TAKE MY PUNISHMENT, WETHER ITS 25 TO LIFE OR DEATH, I WILL TAKE MY PUNISHMENT FOR THE CRIME I COMMITED, A LOT OF THESE TROUBLED YOUTH, NEED PROPER GUIDANCE, WE LIVE IN A PC WORLD IN WHICH PEOPLE CANT SPEAK THEIR MIND, IN A WORLD OF VIOLENCE AND POVERTY, IN A WORLD IN WHICH TODAYS YOUTH ARE AFRAID TO TAKE A BEATING, INSTEAD THEY RESORT TO WEAPONS AND ETC, GANGS ARE NEVER GOING TO DIE, THEY WERE HERE BEFORE I WAS BORN AND WILL BE HERE AFTER THOSE TWO “KIDS” DIE, I STRAIGHTENED OUT MY LIFE, FOR MYSELF AND MAINLY MY MOTHER, I SERVED THIS COUNTRY FOR 8.5 YEARS IN THE INFANTRY AS A MARINE, I SERVED WITH GUYS THAT IF I SAW IN THE STREET OF SAN FRANCISCO’S MISSION DISTRICT, JUS BECAUSE THEY WERE “SURENOS”, I WOULD’VE HAVE BEATEN THEM FOR SIMPLE IGNORANCE AND UNKNOWN “HATRED”, BUT, YOU LIVE, LEARN, GROW UP AND LET GO, IM SURE THEY’LL ACCEPT THEIR PUNISHMENT, TILL THEN, DONT PASS JUDGEMENT AND DONT CRUCIFY THEM, THEY WILL PAY EITHER WITH THEIR FREEDOM OR LIFE.

  16. Concerned Parent says:

    To all Parents: Please check on your kids know where they are TODAY! Teach them the difference between Right and Wrong TODAY! Tell them why they should stay away from gangs TODAY!

    What I am getting at is that the killing of this baby could have been prevented if only an adult had approached those two teen boys and explained to them that if they retaliated against the gang members that beat them up that things would only get worse and that their lives could come to an end or be jailed as they are now.

    Don’t wait for a teacher or a police officer to MAKE YOUR KID GOOD it is not their job and the police and teachers are waiting on the parents to raise their kids. If you cant do it alone…reach out for help.
    But the gang problem needs to END TODAY before another baby dies.

  17. Debbie says:

    Can someone please tell me why she was fake crying????? Watch the video and she was not crying she kept trying and trying and only got 1 tear to come but then nothing. Something isn’t right here, the mother should have more then 1 tear for her baby!!!!

    1. Tired of dumb remarks says:

      Debbie – Have you never cried so much that there were no tears PHYSICALLY left?

      Nothing fake about it at all. Grow up.

  18. Al Brown says:

    Its unfortunate that those who report and comment on these sad stories seldom identify our drug policies as the root cause of a lot of the violence we see.

    When alcohol was illegal during Prohibition, there was a great deal of violence associated with distribution of alcohol. And it evaporated when prohibition was repealed.

    If we simply allowed each neighborhood to decide for itself what drug use was allowed, drug sales would become a peaceful activity governed by the same laws as other industries. And it would take place in limited areas, away from where people raise their kids.

    And I think that’s what people really want. They don’t need to control everybody’s lives. That’s not possible under any system. But it is possible to limit where it happens and greatly reduce the violence associated with it.

    1. Puzzled says:

      Al – WHAT story are YOU commenting on?? We’re talking about a BABY who was murdered by teen-agers shooting at a car. There has been NO mention of drugs at all connected with this.

      Or are you just a DRUG TROLL looking to spout your wacko ideas regardless of the actual topic….?

      1. Al Brown says:

        Thee is no mention of drugs. But young people don’t usually carry guns and they don’t usually shoot children. But this seems a regular occurrence where drug violence is common.

        The fact that drug sales are illegal mean criminals run these businesses and that they carry guns. And gangs fight over sales territory. Just like Al Capone did.

        Drug legalization is a legitimate policy position. As ending Prohibition was back in its day.

        If you are still puzzled, here is some information on this debate:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arguments_for_and_against_drug_prohibition

  19. martin says:

    there must be gun control

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