One Dead in Shooting East of Hwy 680 in San Jose; City's 21st Homicide - NBC Bay Area

One Dead in Shooting East of Hwy 680 in San Jose; City's 21st Homicide

One Dead in Shooting East of Hwy 680 in San Jose

Gangs, guns, and kids--a bad combination Monday that has parents in East San Jose worried about the safety of their children after a shooting sent them running. That gunfire left a man dying in the street. NBC Bay Area's Jean Elle reports on the investigation. (Published Monday, July 28, 2014)

San Jose police are investigating the city's 21st homicide in an area east of Interstate Highway 680 Monday afternoon.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 200 block of Gramercy Place in East San Jose around 3:40 p.m., police said.

Upon arrival, officers found a Hispanic man lying in the street injured and transported him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later, according to police.

The suspects in the shooting remain at large, according to police.

Parents said with so many kids outside at the time of the shooting, it could have been much worse.

"You don’t even want to walk down that street," neighbor Dean Williams said.

He lives around the corner from the shooting scene and said the block seems to attract trouble.

"Every other night, some kind of fight or shooting, drinking, fireworks," he said.

The block is also crawling with kids, with the street as their playground. Gunshots interupted that play around 3:40 p.m. when the man was shot and killed.

"Appeared to be walking on street trying to determine if suspect or suspects were in vehicle or were walking also," San Jose police spokesman Paul Spagnoli said.

A gun was found at the scene, and police said the area is known for gang activity. Officers called the gang task force to help investigate the shooting.

People who live there said grafitti in the neighborhood marks the street as gang territory. Witnesses who did not want to talk on camera said they saw a grey sport utilitiy vehicle speed away just after shots rang out.

Police are being tight lipped about what happened and who they are searching for, but officers spent hours carefully looking for clues.

Concerned familes looked on, with some talking about wanting to move.

Williams says it is time for someone to help the famlies who are living in danger.

"Really tired of it nobody seems to do anything about it," he said.

Police have not yet identified the victim.

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