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Police Thwart Trader Joe’s Robbery by Man Accused in Stanford University Shooting

Written by Joel UmanzorPublished Oct. 18, 2023 • 6:19pm
A man was arrested in Palo Alto in connection with a Stanford campus shooting that injured a woman. | Source: Benjamin Fanjoy/The Standard

A man who was arrested during the attempted robbery of a Palo Alto Trader Joe's Tuesday was allegedly involved in a shooting that wounded a woman at Stanford University earlier that morning, authorities said.

Robert Daniels, 43, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder for a shooting around 2 a.m. on Arboretum Drive on Stanford's campus, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Wednesday.

The shooting left a 47-year-old woman hospitalized with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her leg, the office said.

Daniels was arrested later Tuesday evening by Palo Alto police following an unrelated attempted robbery at a Trader Joe's in which he told employees he planned to rob the store, officials said.

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Officers responded at 7:35 p.m. to Trader Joe's at 855 El Camino Real and found Daniels inside an empty break room, police said in a statement Wednesday.

Officers detained Daniels without incident minutes later and recovered a loaded 9mm "ghost" gun from his waistband. No one was injured, police said.

Palo Alto detectives handed over custody of Daniels to sheriff's deputies and will seek robbery and firearms charges against him for the Trader Joe's incident, authorities said.

Authorities did not say if the victim or suspect had any connection to the university.

Daniels was being held in the Santa Clara County jail pending arraignment on suspicion of attempted murder and weapons charges, records show.

Authorities have not released a motive for the shooting, while classes at the university were continuing as scheduled on Wednesday.

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