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Police have identified the teenager who was fatally shot on Tuesday afternoon in a residential San Jose neighborhood as 18-year-old San Jose resident John Cody Sonenberg and said there is no indication that his death was related to gang violence. Police are continuing to search for suspects in connection with the death of Sonenberg, who was found fatally shot near a crashed car on Tuesday, according to a San Jose police sergeant.
Officers responded to a report of a traffic collision in the 1400 block of Fairhaven Drive, near Paul Moore Park, at about 3:20 p.m., San Jose police Sgt. Jason Dwyer said. When they arrived, police found that a white Chevrolet truck had crashed into a tree and Sonenberg was found lying unconscious on the ground several feet from the vehicle.
Paramedics responded to the scene and discovered that Sonenberg had been shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Dwyer said. The preliminary investigation revealed that the Sonenberg’s injuries were consistent with a homicide. Detectives said the San Jose teen was an occupant of the vehicle when it crashed. The Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office determined that Sonenberg had suffered a gunshot wound, according to Dwyer.
The circumstances of the shooting remain under investigation, but police said there is no indication that the homicide is gang-related. This is the city’s 44th homicide of the year, according to police. No suspects have been identified or apprehended in this case, Dwyer said.
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