Alleged assailant surrenders

A teenager accused of killing a 17-year-old Redwood City resident last weekend surrendered to San Mateo County authorities Tuesday night, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office announced.

Solomone Zarate of Redwood City was killed during an alleged gang-related altercation on Columbia Avenue near El Camino Real, police said.

Officers responded to the fight just after midnight and found Zarate suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to Stanford Hospital, where he died two hours later.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the suspect is believed to be a member of the Norteños gang, which is comprised mostly of Hispanics and has historical ties to Northern California. Based on an investigation by Sheriff’s Office detectives, Zarate’s death appears to be motivated by a previous gang-affiliated confrontation.

Witnesses at the scene reported hearing an argument between Zarate and the suspect, described as a 16- or 17-year-old with a thin build wearing a baggy sweatshirt and jeans, according to police.

The suspect surrendered himself to the Sheriff’s Office around 9 p.m. Tuesday and was booked into the San Mateo County Youth Services Center on murder charges, police said.

Police are withholding his name because he is not an adult. The murder suspect will be referred to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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