REDWOOD CITY (KCBS) - A 21-year-old man was shot to death in the northern part of Redwood City Sunday night in what police suspected was a gang-related incident.
The shooting came after what authorities described as a successful summer of gang suppression efforts throughout San Mateo County.
KCBS' Holly Quan Reports:
Officers received a call about a man being shot just before 8 p.m. and responded to the 400 block of Madison Avenue. The victim, who was not immediately identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The initial investigation suggested there was one shooter, but police were searching for as many as six suspects in connection with the violence.
"They were approached by several subjects on foot from the street and from the alley," Redwood City Police Department Sgt. Greg Farley explained what likely happened before the shooting. "Gang epithets were thrown around and the victim was physically assaulted and was shot at least one time."
"It's kind of a Norteno area. I mean, it's not like run by them or anything that dramatic, but there are known gang members in that area," said Farley.
This was Redwood City's first fatal gang shooting in several years, and also the city's first major crime incident since a summer-long effort involving gang sweeps, raids and roundups of parole violators.
"I think it definitely suppresses gang violence. You know, these things aren't completely eradicated of course. But I think that the task force does suppress a lot of things that might happen otherwise," Farley offered.
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