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Gun Shots Fired on Evergreen Ave. - Police Hunt for Shooter

Witnesses say a man on a black motorcycle fired multiple shots at a parked white pickup truck Friday morning near Evergreen and Ethel avenues. The two victims inside the truck sustained minor injuries.

A man on a black motorcycle reportedly fired multiple shots at a white pickup truck parked on Evergreen Avenue between Ethel and Miller avenues late Friday morning, blasting out the truck's windows and causing minor injuries to the two people inside, law enforcement officials said.

Marin County Sheriff's Office investigators and Mill Valley Police were called to the area of 34 Evergreen Ave. at around 11:30 a.m. Friday on reports of multiple gunshots, Sheriff's Sgt. Mark Hale said. When they arrived, they found the pickup truck on Miller Ave. in front of the  and . Neither victim had been hit.

The driver of the pickup apparently drove onto Ethel Ave. and then Montford Ave. after the shooting but stopped with both windows shot out and glass scattered around the truck, Hale said. It was unclear if the pickup truck driver was pursuing the alleged shooter, who was last seen headed southeast on Miller Avenue.

The two people in the pickup truck, a young white man and a young white woman, sustained minor surface abrasions on their arms, while the male driver also sustained cuts to his face. Both were taken from the scene by a Sheriff's deputy. The truck was towed away from the scene.

Hale said it was unclear if the victims and the suspect knew each other.

Larry Shaw, the board president of the Buddhist Temple of Marin on Miller Ave. said he heard multiple gunshots that were evenly spaced out, which made him think they were fired from an automatic weapon.

"This sort of thing doesn't happen in Mill Valley," he said.

Police are searching for the suspected shooter, who described as wearing all black clothing and a black motorcycle helmet. Deputies cordoned off the area of the shooting at 34 Evergreen as they investigated the scene and interviewed the victims at a nearby household. Deputies were later scene going door-to-door at nearby homes and businesses looking for witnesses.

Anyone with information concerning this matter is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 415-499-7233. To remain anonymous and possibly become eligible for a cash reward, call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.  

Evergreen Resident April 13, 2012 at 11:41 PM
A sidewalk would have prevented this.
Uncle Fishbits April 14, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Just so you know, I found this after the Marin IJ story. As far as journalism goes, it's like night and day. thanks for doing this so well... the writing, the pictures, etc. IJ is like an undergraduate to your doctorate, sir.
Scott April 14, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Don't be silly. But thank god school was on break this week!
sarah haynes April 14, 2012 at 03:08 AM
nice one jim! i was driving by and saw you shooting pics. love patch.
kl April 14, 2012 at 04:04 AM
This is my brother in law. 19 year old kid. Outta nowhere. WTF?
Kevin Moore April 14, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Pretty awful experience. Glad the shooter missed. I hope they recover soon, that would shake me up for a long time. I've had a pedestrian pull out a pistol and aim it at me. Not fun. Was this road rage?
HV Majority April 14, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Does Frank own a motorcycle?
chango April 14, 2012 at 07:04 PM
What do side walks even have to do with it....does the driver of truck know the motorcycle driver?
Heidi Tucker April 14, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Deputies were later scene going door-to-door at nearby homes and businesses looking for witnesses. Scene? Don't you mean seen!! LOL!
erin daley April 15, 2012 at 05:43 AM
she is dressed too much like hooker for 11:30am. the truck is far too big for the city.
erin daley April 15, 2012 at 05:49 AM
and why is the rear of her bra strap hanging out of her dress unhooked in one photo?
Matt Bianco April 16, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Picture 2: nasty bullet hole on the door frame. These two are very lucky. Picture 3: that's what a local undercover police drives, some tan Ford, with plate ending in _ _ _ _ 286 Picture 3: truck would not pass smog. it has combustion issues. look at the soot coming out of the exhaust. Someone report the owner/victim to DMV. Who dresses like that at mid-day? Picture 4: Both victims holding phones. SF Gate reported they asked people for help. Why not call 911? PIcture 6: same smog issues. exhaust is spewing. Car is modified or noncompliant. Picture 7: Looks like expired 2011 tags on the victims's car. Picture 9: strange white liquid spilled, inside, on the passenger door. Picture 10: her bra is undone.
WesB April 16, 2012 at 02:22 PM
@evergreen resident, @erin, @Matt, are you guys for real? A shooting and you are picking at the pictures? They could have been naked and it still would not matter. How about a minute semblance of concern, a non judgemental care for safety in the neighborhood. Your actions are totally self absorbed, rude and in bad taste and its sad. Peace to the young couple. My initial thoughts would be a jealousy issue and someone with anger issues. Prayers to those involved, prayers to those who need to learn compassion.
Scott April 16, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Wes, your disgust is totally misplaced. Concern for the neighborhood is exactly where these comments come from. People want to know why this happened and how to prevent it from happening again. In an inner city neighborhood, this can be explained by complete randomness but in this neighborhood, not even remotely. There is something very suspicious about the circumstances that brought gunfire to the neighborhood. It could've been much worse as there's a school down the road where parents are required to walk their kids along this road to get to it. If it wasn't spring break there could've been a lot of kids there. So people have a right to try and figure out what was going on that instigated this. A couple that regularly sits in the truck outside a home in a suburban neighborhood is very suspicious indeed. And when one of the people is a scantily clad, pretty young woman, it gets even more suspicious. Following this incident, I think no one would be now surprised if we hear of arrests made for a meth house, prostitution, and/or something similar. For you to criticize people for wanting to get in front of future troubles in the neighborhood is really the compassionless act.
Mari April 16, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Thanks, Wes - I was just sitting here reading the comments and wondering "wtf?"
Matt Bianco April 16, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I do find it strange that the victims would leave the crime scene initially, and go around asking for help when they both had cell phones. I find it strange that they are regularly parked and sitting in the truck (no mention they leave near there) near where my kids walk around and get stickers from the parking enforcement crew of the police department. And yet, they have expired tags. My comments are selfish indeed. I am happy no one was critically hurt, and I am trying to figure out what this mean for my neighborhood, selfishly. Who are these people? Why do they park their truck their regularly? What do they do? Why they left a crime scene? Why is their vehicle not registered and non compliant? And, I am unhappy with the radio silence by the police, and Chief Inspectors Jacque C. Thank you Scott.
em April 17, 2012 at 07:00 AM
um, seriously - i worked in the neighborhood for many years - this looks like typical kids, typical dress, hello, on spring break, in nice weather - probably taking an oppty to make-out when they can - again, truck (probably diesel), him and her all look normal and friendly for a typical spring day in mill valley, folks - the guns shots aren't though - sorry to hear this happened.... AND, it's not the by standers call to speculate - let the police do their job - the kids are INNOCENT until there is proof and they are tried in a court of law and it is determined they are guilty. Right?
em April 17, 2012 at 07:01 AM
um, seriously - i worked in the neighborhood for many years - this looks like typical kids, typical dress, hello, on spring break, in nice weather - probably taking an oppty to make-out when they can - again, truck (probably diesel), him and her all look normal and friendly for a typical spring day in mill valley, folks - the guns shots aren't though - sorry to hear this happened.... AND, it's not the by standers call to speculate - let the police do their job - the kids are INNOCENT until there is proof and they are tried in a court of law and it is determined they are guilty. Right?
Ezrimayr Chioma April 17, 2012 at 07:04 AM
Hello? they look like typical kids on a spring day hanging out on spring break! i worked in the neighborhood for many years- normal kids, normal truck (diesel most likely) probably sneaking an opportunity to make-out ... they are INNOCENT until proven guilty... right?
Scott April 17, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Not for the bystanders to speculate? I guess the exception is when - "this looks like typical kids, typical dress, hello, on spring break, in nice weather - probably taking an oppty to make-out when they can - again, truck (probably diesel)" - then it's ok to speculate. Sure, let's just ignore a situation that brought gunfire to a neighborhood full of kids until the police finish their investigation. They'll tell us what to think. I guess the only safety issue to worry about is the lack of a sidewalk. Good thing a solution coming this summer.
Mari April 17, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Yes - btw - the kid in the truck lives there - it's his dad's house! Please learn a bit more about a situation before you judge.
Matt Bianco April 17, 2012 at 08:33 PM
These two are certainly innocent with respect to the shooting. Now if you think there is no relation between the shorter and the victims, than you have to be kidding yourself. I'd like to know cause and effect, not just effect. What (relationship jealousy , money, drugs, prostitution, revenge...) caused the shooter (guilty party) to approach this innocent couple who park their truck (not diesel, look at the exhaust pipe) with expired tags regularly on the street. And why would they go after the shooter and ask others for help. Sure, everyone is innocent until proven otherwise. But not knowing the cause and looking at the action alone will not make the neighborhood safe.
RJ April 17, 2012 at 09:48 PM
That is not her bra strap. It is one of those utility straps that clothing manufacturers sew into dresses with spaghetti straps in order to assist with hanging the dress on a hanger (so undue pressure is not placed on the thin spaghetti straps from the weight of the dress).
Marin-ite April 18, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Matt you sure seem to assume alot. That is clearly a diesel truck, thats why you see the soot you mentioned. Plus look in the back window, see the Cummins sticker? The big C... Cummins would be the diesel engine in that truck. You mentioned the trucks registration stickers are expired. Look closely, they are orange. I just got my 2013 registration stickers, and they are also orange.. You also seem confused as to why they would have driven around the corner and summoned help... Umm helllooooo.. If someone was shooting at me, you can bet your last dollar I would do exactly the same thing. Who is to say they didn't also call the police, not that it should matter? Who knows what happened, the information we have here is pretty limited.. But assuming stuff is gonna do nothing positive for you.
Scott April 19, 2012 at 07:02 PM
They don't but there's a small minority of people in the neighborhood who don't like the fact that a sidewalk is going to be installed on the street this summer as a huge safety measure for all the people that have to walk in the traffic lanes along with the motor vehicles. They think a sidewalk will ruin what they believe are the preferred aesthetics of the street so they concoct up rationalizations to oppose the sidewalk including the notion that a sidewalk isn't safer. Crazy, I know.
Mari April 19, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Chango - it's a mystery and the police are trying to figure all that out. I'm pretty sure the sidewalk comment was a joke. If you really want to know the truth about the million dollar concrete slab slated for Evergreen Avenue - read this : http://www.hv94941.com/p/evergreen-ave.html
Evergreen Resident April 19, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Chango, it was a joke. Although there really is no need for a sidewalk. The safety issues are a fiction. Scott, if you want to live in a neighborhood that fits your definition of "preferred asthetics," you should have considered Danville, or some other generic town, before moving to Mill Valley.
Mari April 19, 2012 at 09:18 PM
@Evergreen Resident : Thanks. I hope that the police find the shooter soon. @Change - many Homestead residents have stated repeatedly that we never asked for a sidewalk, do not need this sidewalk - and DO NOT WANT this sidewalk - Marin County is the RICHEST County in CA, with a budget surplus of millions of dollars. WHY do we need to take $900,000 from the Safe Routes fund to build an environmentally irresponsible concrete sidewalk all along the entire length of a semi rural street?
Scott April 22, 2012 at 06:38 PM
If that was a joke it was in very poor taste. That, of course, is what we've come to expect from this very vocal, very small group of people. They have a one track mind which is to impose their will on the majority of their neighbors. If you dare disagree then they think you should move. If all the people who disagreed with them (i.e. the vast majority of the neighborhood) actually did move, there'd be very few left in the neighborhood. Perhaps then the immediate neighborhood might be credibly considered semi-rural instead of the suburban neighborhood, with sidewalks, it is now.
Evergreen Resident April 23, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Scott, Actually, I am not part of the "very vocal, very small group of people" you mention. I first voiced an opinion re the sidewalk in response to comments to this article. Evergreen is perfect the way it is. We moved here a few years ago because of its rural nature. Now we not only lose the rural feel of the neighborhood in general, but also the area directly in front of my house will drastically change forever. I walk from my house to Miller with a 2 1/2 year old pretty much every day. We have never felt unsafe.

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