Mountain View Voice

News - October 25, 2013

Attempted homicide thwarted by malfunctioning gun

by Nick Veronin

Mountain View police are asking for the public's help in an attempted homicide Sunday that left a man injured.

A man entered a home in the 800 block of N. Rengstorff Avenue early Sunday morning, Oct. 20, pointed a handgun at a man living in the residence and pulled the trigger twice, according to the Mountain View Police Department. The gun malfunctioned and did not fire.

The gunman then pistol-whipped the victim and fled with another adult member of the household — a woman — who accompanied him voluntarily, according to Shino Tanaka, public information officer with the MVPD. The victim called 911 shortly after the incident, at 4:10 a.m. He suffered only minor injuries and declined to be taken to the hospital.

According to Tanaka, nothing was stolen during the incident and police don't believe that the gunman intended to steal anything. It seems the gunman and the woman who left with him knew each other.

The case is still under investigation and police are not releasing more information at this time.

Tanaka asked that anyone with information get in touch with the MVPD. Tips may be submitted anonymously either by calling 650-903-6395 or sending a text message to 274637 on a mobile phone. When texting, tipsters should begin their message with the keyword "MVTips" — all one word — and then provide a brief description of no more than 160 characters. Tanaka said it will be helpful if tipsters identify the case by using the case number, 5946.

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