Man arrested for Stanford mall drive-by shooting | New

Palo Alto police are investigating a shooting in which a bullet struck glass at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse in Palo Alto on November 21, 2022. Photo by Sue Dremann.

A man who allegedly fired at least twice during a shooting at the Stanford Mall on Monday afternoon has been arrested, Palo Alto police said. It turned out that he was a former employee of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, where a window was damaged by the gunfire.

Zachary Michael Ginsberg, 32, of San Jose was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and shooting at an occupied building on November 22, 2022. Courtesy of the Palo Alto Police Department.

Zachary Michael Ginsberg, 32, of San Jose, had recently sent threatening text messages to his former supervisor after an interpersonal dispute, police said in a news release Tuesday. Ginsberg’s former supervisor was working at the restaurant when the shooting happened.

The mall was temporarily closed for 45 minutes after at least two shots were fired from a vehicle. One hit the glass next to the entrance to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse at 180 El Camino Real and a second bullet hit an unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot. The restaurant was open for business at the time and customers were inside. No one was injured by the bullets, police said.

A witness saw a person in a black Chevrolet Camaro traveling north on El Camino Real pull a gun out of the driver’s side window and open fire. The location is near the El Camino Park soccer field. The witness could not describe the shooter.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Ginsburg on Tuesday morning on suspicion of attempted murder and shooting into an occupied building, both of which are felonies. They arrested him without incident around 9:55 a.m. in the 2600 block of Augustine Drive in Santa Clara. Police also treated his car, a black 2018 Chevrolet Camaro, for evidence on this site.