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San Jose Police Investigate 2 Fatal Weekend Shootings

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Police in San Jose responded to two fatal shootings over the weekend, the city's 13th and 14th homicides this year.

The first was reported about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, when officers responded to a shooting in the area of Monterey Road and Rancho Drive in South San Jose. They found a male victim with life-threatening injuries, who later died, San Jose police said on social media.

On Sunday, police arrested 38-year-old Vu Thai in connection with the fatal shooting, authorities said. Thai was arrested at the scene and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of homicide.

Police have not provided information about what led to the shooting. The death was the city's 13th homicide this year.

Another shooting was reported early Sunday in the city's Willow Glen neighborhood. A Safeway employee was found there about 3:35 a.m. with at least one gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Family members identified the victim as Manuel Huizar Cornejo, 24.

Police did not say whether the shooting occurred inside or outside the Safeway store, located in the 1500 block of Hamilton Avenue.

Cornejo and another man were in an altercation just before the shooting, according to a San Jose police news release.

"The motive and circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation," San Jose police Officer Steve Aponte said in a news release on Sunday afternoon.

Cornejo co-workers believe his death was the result of a theft gone wrong.

Cornejo was a former San Jose State University student. In a statement, the campus sent their condolences to his friends and family and said that his death “is a heartbreaking loss for the San Jose State University community.”

Cornejo's death is San Jose's 14th homicide this year.

Bay City News contributed to the report.

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