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San Jose Police Respond to Vehicle Collision Into Pole, Find Dead Man With Gunshot Wound in Car

A man is dead after officers found him in his car with an apparent gunshot wound in San Jose early Sunday morning, according to police.

The San Jose Police Public Information Officer reported on Twitter at 4:32 a.m. that officers were investigating an apparent homicide on the 5600 block of Via Monte at Carlsbad Drives near Pioneer High School.

Police said officers were dispatched to a vehicle collision into a pole around 3:45 a.m.

Upon further investigation, police said officers discovered an adult male that had been shot inside the vehicle. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, they said.

The owner of the car apparently let his son borrow it, who in turn let his roommate borrow it, though the identity of the victim has not yet been released. 

"It looks like he died as a result of the injuries from the gunfire but it is unknown what happened after that," San Jose police Lt. Greg Lombardo said.

Agreeing that it was "an unusual time to be out at night," Lombardo said there is no indication that the incident was "gang-related."

However, the area is dangerous, according to neighbors. 

"It's not surprising for us," said Daniel Yang, who lives nearby. "There are strangers in the alley, gangsters and drug issues."

Lombardo also said that there was "nothing in [the victim's] history that would result in this."

Investigators are following up on a number of leads and canvassing the neighborhood, but a suspect has not yet been identified, Lombardo said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the San Jose Police department (408) 947-7867.

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