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* San Jose Police Continue To Investigate City’s 35th and 36th Homicides

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San Jose police are continuing to investigate two homicides that occurred about four hours apart on Wednesday night and early this morning. The killings marked the city’s 35th and 36th homicides of the year. “We just hope it’s not another spike,” San Jose police Officer Albert Morales said. Police responded to a report of a fight on South Second Street between East San Fernando Street and East Santa Clara Street at 8:27 p.m. The area is dotted with restaurants, bars, and a hookah lounge. Officers found a male victim unconscious and not breathing. CPR was performed and the victim was transported to a hospital, police said. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 9:55 p.m., police said. Morales said investigators have so far been unable to determine what kind of injury caused the man’s death. No suspects have been arrested and the motive remains a mystery.

The second shooting, which police said may have been gang-related, was reported at 12:36 a.m. in the 2300 block of Dobern Avenue, near Interstate Highway 680. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the victim and several acquaintances were standing outside a home when an unidentified suspect approached them and opened fire. Morales said witnesses had told police that the gunman had a companion and that both were wearing blue bandanas, but he said investigators have not confirmed that account.

The suspects fled before police arrived and remain at large. Police have not yet released either victim’s name. The murders came on the heels of a deputy-involved shooting that occurred around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. In that incident, a San Mateo County sheriff’s deputy shot a 29-year-old San Jose man who was “behaving erratically” and “displayed threatening behavior” while walking on the train tracks near the Diridion Caltrain station. After the man was shot, he was taken to a hospital. He is expected to survive, and will be arrested on suspicion of assault or a similar charge, police said.

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