Two brothers were shot to death Sunday night near San Jose State University, a police lieutenant said Monday.
Lt. Chris Monahan told NBC Bay Area the double homicide victims killed about 8:45 p.m. in the 900 block of South Eighth Street were brothers. Later Monday, they were identified as 27-year-old Michael Ramirez and 36-year-old Arturo Ramirez.
The car they were sitting in had a blown-out front window, shattered by what was most likely was a hail of bullets. Bullet holes riddled the body of the silver car as well, and the left tire was deflated, likely from the puncture of a round. A police source told NBC Bay Area the weapon used was an AK-47.
Other than the location, about a half mile from Spartan Stadium, there is nothing to indicate the deaths have anything to do with the nearby university, police said.
One brother was pronounced dead at the scene. The second brother was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, police said. Neighbors said they heard about 12- to 20- rapid-fire shots and believe it was gang-related. One neighbor said, "I know that there is trouble in there," referring to the house where the brothers were inside before they were shot.
San Jose police say the brothers are homicide victims 32 and 33 this year.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (408) 947-7867.