North Fair Oaks community in shock after three slayings

After adeadly weekend across the Bay Area, three men were fatally shot Monday afternoon in an unincorporated neighborhood of Redwood City.

The triple slaying at a residence in the North Fair Oaks neighborhood of Redwood City is the deadliest single attack in the Peninsula in nearly three years.

Police were notified of the shooting at 1:22 p.m. and arrived at the scene on the 500 block of Stanford Avenue four minutes later. The three men were dead at the scene, all from apparent gunshot wounds, by the time police arrived, according to Lt. Marc Alcantara, spokesman for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Two of the victims were inside, while the third was lying on the driveway.

“The investigation is still in the preliminary stages,” Alcantara said, adding that the incident is being investigated as a homicide.

The gunshot victims were all Hispanic men in their mid-20s to early-30s, according to Alcantara, who said the Sheriff’s Department is working on securing their identities.

Police are still searching for three people who fled from the scene in a light blue Honda, according to Alcantara. The driver of the vehicle was a man and there were two female passengers, Alcantara said. All were Hispanic, Alcantara said.

The motive for the crime is still being investigated, and it is unknown if the homicides were gang-related, Alcantara said. Police have secured a search warrant for the single-family house, although it is still not certain if the three victims were residents of the home.

Mark Norman, who works across the street from the crime scene at Galaxy Cabinets, saw the blue Honda leave the house following the homicides. He said the two female passengers were crying, and the male driver was clutching an unknown object in his hand.

Norman said there were usually a lot of cars parked in the driveway of the house and people were often seen coming and going, although he wouldn’t speculate if the residence was home to any illegal activities.

The homicides come as a shock to the neighborhood, which is predominantly Hispanic, according to Norman. Dozens of neighborhood residents hovered around the crime scene on the tree-filled street near Middlefield Road.

“We haven’t seen something like this in a long time,” Norman said.

Anyone who might have information regarding the shooting is asked to call the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office tip line at (800) 547-2700.

Monday’s killings were the first triple homicide in the Peninsula since September 2005, when three people were gunned down in East Palo Alto.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

Staff Writer Mike Rosenberg and wire services contributed to this report.

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