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

 
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.

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