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* San Jose Police Identify Jianming Liang as Gunman and Ying He as Victim in Murder Suicide Hostage Standoff

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San Jose police have identified a gunman and his female hostage, both found dead in a town house after a seven-hour standoff with police and SWAT team officers Monday. However, police are awaiting results from crime scene investigators and the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office before confirming whether the deaths can be ruled a murder-suicide, Officer Jermaine
Thomas said today. Police have identified Jianming Liang, 39, of Southern California as the apparent gunman, and Ying He, 35, as the victim. Investigators are searching for more information about Liang, who they believe was in San Jose for roughly three days prior to the shooting. He was last seen driving a gold 1995 Lexus GS 300, according to police. Liang apparently entered the town house that He shared with her husband, also 35, and 9-year-old daughter and began firing shots around 8:40 a.m. Monday, according to neighbors. He’s husband suffered a minor gunshot wound but was able to escape to a neighbor’s home along with the young girl. However, He was still in the home, suffering from a gunshot wound police believed at the time was non-life threatening. Police evacuated the street, part of the new Montecito Vista town house development off Monterey Highway, and surrounded the home trying to communicate with Liang. Officers tried to make contact with the gunman all day, but were
unsuccessful, Thomas said. The police MERGE unit, similar to a SWAT team, forced entry into the home around 2 p.m. and found the two bodies. Both gunman and hostage had died of apparent gunshot wounds, Thomas said. Investigators have not yet confirmed whether the pair died before police arrived or some time during the day. Neighbors said that the dispute stemmed from a long and bitter custody dispute between He and Liang, the biological father of the 9-year-old girl.

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