Two shootings within four days on the same Redwood City street are being investigated as possibly connected and gang-related, according to police.

Both crimes occurred on Dodge Drive, a short street in the city's Friendly Acres neighborhood. The first shooting took place Friday at about 10:10 p.m. and sent an 18-year-old man to the hospital, said Redwood City Police Sgt. Sean Hart.

"He was sitting in a vehicle with three other males, when an unknown male suspect approached on foot and fired several shots at the vehicle," Hart said. "The victim was shot in the shoulder."

Neither of the other two men in the car was hit, Hart said. One of them drove the victim to the hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released that night.

Then on Monday, police received numerous calls reporting shots being fired again on the 1000 block of Dodge Drive around 10:49 p.m.

When officers arrived on the scene, they spotted a residence and a vehicle that had been struck by bullets. Although there were about five people in the home at the time of the shooting, no one was hit by gunfire, which pierced the front entryway and kitchen, Hart said.

The male suspect who fired the shots ran to a waiting vehicle, described as a silver or gray sedan, and took off southbound on Dodge Drive toward Eighth Avenue, according to police.


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There has been gang activity in that section of Dodge Drive, said Hart, who wouldn't disclose specifics, including which gang might be involved. He said there isn't evidence that the shootings in Redwood City are connected to a surge of gang activity in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto that has resulted in more than a dozen shootings and several homicides in the last six months.

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