Palo Alto, California’s Bradford Minkoff shoots air rifle, strikes Stratford School student

Bradford Minkoff (©Palo Alto Police Department)
Bradford Minkoff (©Palo Alto Police Department)

Bradford Minkoff, 62, of Palo Alto, California, United States has been arrested by the Palo Alto Police Department. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and child abuse, which are felonies, and creating a disruption on a school campus, which is a misdemeanor.

At around 12:28 p.m. on September 3, 2021, Minkoff allegedly shot an air rifle onto Stratford School, an elementary school on North California Avenue in Palo Alto. He allegedly fired a single shot, which struck a student in the back during lunch on the athletic fields of the school.

The Palo Alto Police Department officers who responded were able to recover the air rifle from Minkoff’s Palo Alto residence. He was arrested without incident shortly before 2:00 p.m. and was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose, California.

Authorities are still investigating the motive behind Minkoff’s actions. However, they said they did not think the Palo Alto resident intentionally targeted the Stratford School student although they have reason to believe the suspect intentionally discharged.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Palo Alto Police dispatch at (650) 329-2413. Those who want to send tips anonymously may email or sent a text message or voice mail to (650) 383-8984.


Palo Alto was incorporated on April 23, 1894. The charter city is headquarters to several high-technology companies including Skype, Tesla, VMware, Ford Research and Innovation Center and Hewlett-Packard (HP).

After a year in lockdown amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Palo Alto is hosting a series of events. It will start with the showing of “Zootopia!” at Mitchell Park on September 11, 2021 and will end with the Palo Alto Players’ play “WORKING” at the Lucie Stern Community Theater on September 18, 2021.

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