A man suspected of shooting and killing another man Wednesday inside a home in East San Jose may be headed for the Central Valley area in California or to another country, San Jose police said today.
Louie Garza, 55, of San Jose, is the suspect in the death of Ralph Gomez, 46, who was shot at least once in his home in the 2900 block of Westboro Drive, police said.
San Jose police were called to Gomez's residence at 12:13 p.m. and emergency medical responders pronounced him dead at 12:25 p.m.
Police asked for the public's assistance in finding Garza and released photos showing his face and tattoos covering his bare chest and back.
The two men knew each other but the motive for the shooting remained under investigation, police said.
Garza, who apparently fled the shooting scene in a white vehicle, may be headed for Modesto, Manteca or Madera in the Central Valley and perhaps out of the county, police said.
The murder was the 14th homicide in San Jose so far in 2013, police said.
Anyone with information about the shooting or Garza's whereabouts is urged to contact Detective Brian Spears of the Police Department's homicide unit at (408) 277-5283 or Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867.
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