Police, residents unveil violent crime prevention plan

July 20, 2011 8:17:37 PM PDT
East Palo Alto police are cracking down on a new round of violence after the third death in a week -- two in the last 24 hours. The statistics are grim: Five homicides so far in 2011, compared to the four in all of 2010.

Crime is up in East Palo Alto, and the police don't like that. The police want to do all they can to sway the concerns of their community, and that's why they've drafted a summer violence prevention plan.

Police are still investigating the fatal shooting of a man on a stretch of Illinois Street in East Palo Alto. Authorities say he was shot multiple times before the suspect fled the scene of the crime.

The shooting came after a 19-year-old woman was shot and killed while sitting in a parked car in another part of the city.

Tuesday evening, officers responded to a home where a 26-year-old man was found laying face-down after being shot several times in his torso. The victim would eventually die from his wounds.

Police and residents have fought hard to shake the stigma of crime in their community and jointly have announced a summer violence reduction program.

"This is a community problem," said Captain Jeff Liu with the East Palo Alto Police Department. "Working with the community, the summer violence reduction program, and staying our path (in) working toward our common goal will make a difference in this."

That common goal includes partnering with the San Mateo County Gang Task Force to enforce warrants that have already been issued and target high-crime issues.

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