A San Jose neighborhood is on edge after a string of violent incidents including a deadly shooting Thursday night. George Kiriyama reports.
A San Jose neighborhood is on edge after a string of violent incidents including a deadly shooting Thursday night.
Neighbors on Pine Ridge Way near the Foothills of East San Jose said their street for decades has been a safe place to live -- a place where kids could play and run around. But not anymore.
"It's kinda hard knowing that you can't be in front of your own house," said Larry Nguyen, who lives in the neighborhood. "And you just can't chill right here and talk to your own family members without being conscious of something."
Longtime neighbors said there has been more crime in the area in the past two years. But despite the spike in crime, they do not plan to move.
Police said three of the San Jose's eight homicides of the year were in East San Jose. In addition, there have been six other reported crimes in the Pine Ridge Way since Feb. 10.
San Jose police continue to investigate Thursday's fatal shooting in the neighborhood the shooter said was prompted because a suspect was trying to break into his house.
Police received reports just before 8 p.m. of shots fired on the 3500 block of Pine Ridge Way. When officers arrived on scene they contacted the reporting party - who neighbors said is a Marine veteran - who told police a person attempted to break into his home.
After the shooting police said in a press release "two subjects got into a vehicle and fled the scene at a high rate of speed."
Officers later learned a man was dropped off at a local hospital suffering from at least one gunshot wound. The man was pronounced deceased at the hospital, police said.
Authorities are not releasing his identity pending notification to next of kin.