Man Shot, Killed in Downtown San Jose Identified

Shooting happened in the middle of the day

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    A man was shot and killed in downtown San Jose -- the city's 33rd homicide of the year. Kris Sanchez reports.

    A 22-year-old man shot and killed in downtown San Jose Saturday afternoon has been identified as Ramon Garcia.

    Garcia is the city's 33rd homicide of the year, according to police, and some of the aftermath of his shooting death was captured on surveillance video showing men on bicycles.

    Shots were fired in the area of North Third and East Julian streets near San Jose State University just after 1 p.m.

    Investigators are still gathering information from witnesses including what may have led up to the shooting. People who were in traffic school near the shooting said they were startled to hear gunfire in the middle of the day.

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     "We heard seven gun shots while we were in class, and really surprising to hear them so close by. The instructor went out to see what he could see, came back, closed the door and called 911,” Steve Lignon said.

    Responding officers located a male victim near Tico Tacos with at least one gunshot wound.

    Garcia was taken to a hospital, but did not survive.

    Some residents said they cannot believe something like this would happen in broad daylight.

    "It's just crazy that this can happen in downtown San Jose essentially in broad daylight," San Jose resident Charlie Worm said. "This shouldn't be happening at all, and they need to do something about it. Bullets don't have names on them. People walk down the street and bullets are flying-- anyone can get hit, anyone can get hurt."

    The motive and circumstances of the murder remain under investigation, and it is unknown whether the shooting is gang related, Morales said.

    Last year, San Jose police responded to a total of 46 homicides.