MENLO PARK -- Police continued to investigate a Saturday night shooting that wounded a young woman and her son when the car they were riding in -- with three other adults -- was sprayed with bullets from another car that had pulled up to them at a busy intersection.
"This was not a random, drive-by shooting," police Cmdr. Dave Bertini said Sunday, dispelling an earlier misconception about the event. "There apparently was an altercation between people in the cars, and then shots were fired from one car into the other."
After the involved car was hit by 10 or 11 bullets, police call it a small miracle that no one else was shot or killed at the intersection of Willow Road and Bayfront Expressway. The unidentified, 24-year-old mother and her 2-year-old boy remained in stable condition at Stanford Hospital with non-life-threatening wounds. The two were passengers in the rear seat. Three other adults in the car, a four-door Honda sedan, were not hit in the hail of bullets.
The assailants, who also were driving in a Honda sedan, sped away. No arrests have been made in the case. Bertini said investigators were still looking into the possibility the shooting was part of a deadly feud between two rival street gangs that recently has claimed several lives in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.
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