Last night (1/7/19), at around 9:30pm, gunfire rang out on Easter Avenue’s 500 block…
Upon arriving on the scene, Milpitas Police Department officers quickly investigated, finding that an unknown suspect had fired several bullets into a residence. Although people were home at the time, nobody was injured. Bullet casings were discovered on the ground by police. The suspect’s motive is as of now unknown, but MPD’s investigation is ongoing. In particular, the police are working on finding out if any nearby surveillance cameras picked up footage that might help to identify the suspect and/or their vehicle.
The car was seen by eyewitnesses driving off at a high speed. Police received inconsistent descriptions of it. In the shooting’s wake, the neighborhood was left shaken.
A major 2010 study found that at the time California led the nation in drive-by shootings, though this form of shooting isn’t routinely tracked in and of itself. Whereas drive-by shootings are most commonly associated with gang activity, they can stem from a variety of motives, chief among them the desire for the shooter to flee quickly.
Residents with tips can phone MPD at (408) 586-2400, call the Crime Tip Hotline at (408) 586-2500, or write in through the department’s website: http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/crimetip