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Police in San Jose are releasing new details about a violence-filled New Year’s Eve that saw several people injured in residential areas throughout the city. A total of six stabbing incidents and four shooting incidents were reported between 10 p.m. and the early morning hours, San Jose police spokesman Officer Jose Garcia said today. Two males, an adult and a juvenile, suffered gunshot wounds in an incident on the 2300 block of Ridgeglen Way around 10 p.m. The two victims were at a New Year’s gathering at the time of the shooting, and were transported the hospital. One of the two victims had what appeared to be life-threatening injuries, Garcia said.

Also around 10 p.m., a man was found stabbed on the 100 block of Delmas Avenue. The man told authorities he had been walking along the Guadalupe River when he was stabbed. He then walked to Delmas Avenue where bystanders called an ambulance. The man’s injuries were not life-threatening, Garcia said. The motive for the stabbing was unknown. At 12:20 a.m., police responded to a multiple stabbing in the 400 block of Skall Drive. A fight between several people there left six people with various injuries. Garcia said that some of the injuries were stab wounds or cuts, but none were life-threatening.

Five minutes later, a non-injury shooting into a home or car was reported on the 700 block of Gier Court, Garcia said. No arrests were made. Police received a report of a third shooting about 1:25 a.m. in the 1700 block of Raven’s Place Way. Garcia said a man was approached by a group of people, and at least one person in the group made gang-related comments before firing a gun at the man. The man was unhurt, and the group of suspects fled before police arrived.

At 2:15 a.m., police received a call of shots fired in the 4000 block of Fontanelle Place, where a group of about 10 people were said to be fighting. Police said officers were unable to find the people involved in the fight and do not know if anyone was injured.  Garcia said violence during holidays is not uncommon in San Jose.  “We do see an increase a lot of times around the holiday season just because there’s an increased number of people out celebrating,” he said. “We try to keep staffing levels up to be able to respond to these calls. It can be overwhelming.” As of 3 p.m., police had no further information about the four additional stabbing incidents in San Jose Saturday night and early Sunday.

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