Stanford Mall shooting investigation

PALO ALTO, Calif. (KRON) – A gunman fired shots at an upscale Stanford Mall restaurant around 5 p.m. Monday, Palo Alto police said. Police are investigating the incident, which has been ruled a drive-by shooting.

No one was injured inside Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse.

“The scene is secure. Early information indicates the suspect fired a handgun from a moving vehicle. Motive or target unknown at this point,” the Palo Alto Police Department wrote.

Officers responded to a call from a steakhouse employee around 4:25 p.m. Monday. Officers responded immediately and confirmed that a large bay window near the front door had been hit by gunfire, police said in a news release.

The restaurant was open at the time and customers were inside. Bullet casings from a handgun were found during the ensuing investigation. Police also said they located a witness who said he saw the suspect pull a handgun through the driver’s window of a vehicle.

The suspect’s vehicle was a black Chevrolet Camaro that sped north on El Camino Real, police said. The witness was unable to describe the suspect. Another unoccupied vehicle that was hit by gunfire was later found parked near the restaurant.

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“Officers found evidence on El Camino Real to indicate that at least two shots were fired from there. A witness reported seeing the suspect flee,” PAPD wrote.

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A bullet hole is seen at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse. (Image courtesy of Palo Alto PD)

“No lockdown has been ordered by the police following this incident. Officers checked the entire mall. There are still a number of officers at the scene to ensure public safety,” police wrote on Twitter at 5:35 p.m.

Officers also received a second-hand report of a person inside the mall who they believe was wearing a belt holster. Officers searched the mall as a precaution. The suspect, or suspects, remain at large.