East Palo Alto puts end to crime alert 

East Palo Alto Police Chief Ron Davis called an end Monday to a three-week crime emergency he declared in response to a sudden increase in gang violence.

Since the emergency went into effect May 20, there has been only one shooting reported in East Palo Alto, which police said was accidental and self-inflicted.

"The crime emergency has ended, but our sense of urgency and resolve in stemming violence in our community has not," Davis said in a statement.

The number of patrol officers deployed throughout the community during peak hours, which doubled during the crime emergency, will return to prior levels.

Overall, crime in East Palo Alto has decreased by 15 percent compared to this time last year, according to statistics released by the Police Department.

A recent increase in homicides and shootings — including a May 5 shooting at a bus stop that injured a 6-year-old girl, her grandmother and four others — was attributed to an internal feud in the Norteño gang.

The fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jose Quinonez on May 19 was believed to be connected to the same gang.

Police have since arrested 27 people in East Palo Alto and San Mateo County as part of a gang crackdown.

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