Two injured in accidental shooting at Stanford Mall

PALO ALTO — Two men were injured in an accidental shooting early Thursday in Palo Alto, police said.

At 12:17 a.m., Stanford Health Care contacted the city’s 24-hour dispatch center to report that two men had just arrived with gunshot wounds, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

Police said the men claimed they were robbed at gunpoint half an hour earlier in the Stanford Mall parking lot at 180 El Camino Real.

An investigation, however, revealed that there had been no theft. Instead, the men were sitting inside their white 1999 Toyota Tacoma smoking marijuana when one of them accidentally discharged a handgun he was handling, police say. The bullet went through his hand and hit the other man’s leg.

Police said the men then went to hospital, where they were treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

A blood-laden handgun was found under the driver’s seat of the truck, police said. The firearm did not have a serial number.

Neither man has been arrested, but police said the case will be sent to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office for review of charges, including false reporting of a crime, wearing a concealed weapon, possession of a self-assembled firearm and careless discharge of a firearm.

Anyone with information related to the incident can contact police at 650-329-2413. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call or text 650-383-8984 or email [email protected]