San Jose police today released video surveillance footage that captured wanted suspects in two of four homicide cases that they asked for the public’s help in solving. Investigators haven’t found a connection between the four fatal shootings, but three of them occurred inside or outside a business, police said.
The most recent killing was around 9:20 p.m. on June 27, when officers responded to a report of a person shot in the 1700 block of Cape Aston Court, police said. They found a man, later identified as 26-year-old Justin Tran, suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Emergency crews pronounced him dead at the scene, police said.
The suspects were all in a black four-door Lexus made between 2008 and 2013. One of them walked up to the driver’s side of Tran’s car and shot him multiple times, according to police.
Another shooting was reported shortly before 11 p.m. on March 11, when officers went to Bon Mua Café at 1937 Tully Road and learned a male suspect fired at two men multiple times before fleeing the scene, police said. The victims were transported to a hospital. One of them, later identified as 43-year-old Brian Le, died of his injuries and the other survived, police said.
Surveillance footage from the café obtained by police showed an armed man in a beanie, zipped-up sweatshirt and pants run through a hallway.
Police are also looking for two suspects in a shooting on Dec. 5, 2014, outside Golden King Café in the 2600 block of Alum Rock Avenue that killed 41-year-old Thach Thiet Dien Duong. Two Asian men walked up to the victim and shot him multiple times, police said.
Security video set up outside the business showed one of the suspects in a black sweatshirt with the hood over his head and light-colored plants. The other suspect wore a white and black jacket, a black shirt, black bottoms and a hat.
The fourth shooting dates back to April 6, 2013, when officers responded to a report of a person shot in the 2000 block of Senter Road and found 37-year-old Viet Tran of San Jose with at least one gunshot wound, police said. Tran was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
There had been a large party outside Elite Car Audio and Performance, where investigators suspect a disturbance from the gathering continued outside, police said. The officers were met with many resistant attendees, some who either barricaded themselves inside or hid, police said.
Officers were forced to use less-than-lethal projectiles on four people before they were able to clear the building, according to police. Officers detained 25 people at the party and learned many had links to Vietnamese criminal street gangs, according to police.
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