EAST PALO ALTO, CA – A shocking video has surfaced that is connected to a suspected gang shooting that authorities say killed one man and left three other victims wounded. The video in question was particularly unsettling, as it was taken from the perspective of a child playing in the park when the gunfire started going off nearby.
Officials say the incident occurred at approximately 6:00 p.m. on May 17th at Jack Farrell Park on Fordham Street, where numerous children were playing and a local church baseball team were practicing for their upcoming game.
Suddenly, a volley of approximately 33 gunshots rang out that police say were exchanged between four individuals – two suspects on each side, reportedly from rival gangs.
Video from the incident consists of a young girl holding a phone camera while playing tag when the shots start going off. You can hear the panic in the young girl’s voice as she begins running, saying, “Help me!” While it’s not visible from the footage captured, apparently, one of the shooters was roughly 10 feet away from the young girl when the shooting broke out.
Authorities say there were an estimated 60 people at the park when the incident occurred.
Police claim the shooting was not something random that broke out but was targeted. The man killed in the gang shooting was identified as 34-year-old Ralph Fields Jr., who’d been paroled last year after serving two years in prison for gang-related charges. The decedent was noted as being the cousin of Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams.
Local pastor and community activist Paul Baines was among those distraught over the horrific incident that killed one man and put numerous children in danger, telling reporters, “If you see something, say something. Otherwise, this is going to happen again. Because retaliation is what ignorant, stupid minds want to do. We’re not going to tolerate this.”
East Palo Alto Interim Police Chief Jeff Lie stated, “This was not a random attack of any kind. This incident involved two pairs of people shooting each other. According to ShotSpotter recordings, there were three volleys of gunfire totaling 33 shots fired between them.”
Deborah Lewis Virges, a pastor at St. Mark AME Baptist Church, said of the incident, “What they do not count on is things like this brings all of us together. And when we’re all together, there’s a power, and there’s a strength in the numbers. So know that it will not be tolerated. And yet we will continue to stand to do our part in making sure that justice is prevail.”
The identities of the suspects have not been released as of this time. Police are asking that anyone with information on the incident to please call acting Commander Angel Sanchez at 650-853-3154 with any details or tips.