PALO ALTO – Authorities on Tuesday arrested a 32-year-old San Jose man in connection with a drive-by shooting at a Stanford Shopping Center restaurant where he used to work.

The man – identified as Michael Ginsberg – was taken into custody in the 2600 block of Augustine Drive in Santa Clara, the Palo Alto Police Department said in a statement. He was booked into Santa Clara County jail on charges of attempted murder and shooting at an occupied building.

Police said the man had recently sent threatening text messages to his former supervisor at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse at the shopping center “as a result of an interpersonal conflict.” The supervisor was at the restaurant at the time of the shooting.

The shooting was reported around 4:25 p.m. Monday. No one was injured, but a window near the front door of the restaurant and a car parked nearby were hit by one round each, police said. Customers were inside Fleming’s at the time of the shooting.

Officers found two bullet casings from a handgun on the east side of the 100 block of El Camino Real, police said. A witness also reported seeing someone extend a handgun out of the driver’s window of a black Chevrolet Camaro traveling northbound.

Following Ginsberg’s arrest, officers processed his car, a black 2018 Chevrolet Camaro, for evidence, police said. Officers also served a search warrant at his San Jose home in the 300 block of Crescent Village Circle and seized an unregistered 9mm handgun, police said.

Police said they believe Ginsberg was acting alone, and there is no evidence anyone else was in the car at the time of the shooting.


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