A surge in deadly street violence continued overnight in San Jose with police investigating four separate shootings – one that left a young man dead in the street near an elementary school, authorities said.
San Jose police said they received a call of gunfire and screams on a street near Santee Elementary School at about 5:30 a.m.
Arriving officers found a young Latino male face down and dead from at least one gunshot wound. Classes were called for the day at Santee Elementary and investigators were canvasing the neighborhood for information regarding the victim and the shooting.
No suspects have been identified and the motive for the shooting remains under investigation. Police do not know if the shooting was gang-related.
The deadly shooting capped another violent night on the city’s streets and came just hours after authorities had held a crime prevention meeting. There were three other non-fatal shooting overnight, police said, but details of those crimes were not immediately available.
It was the city’s 20th homicide of the year and came in the wake of a weekend where three people were killed in shooting in the city. Among the dead this weekend were two teen boys who were both students at Independence High School.
A makeshift memorial has been set up at the shooting scene at Rhinehart Drive and Clogstone Court honoring the two victims, Christian Comilang, 15, and Johnson Cular, 14, who were friends since elementary school, according to Comilang's aunt.
Comilang, a sophomore, lived in San Jose with his parents and his aunt, who moved to Arizona for a job transfer about four months ago but flew back as soon as she heard the news about her nephew's death.
She said that she had last seen the two boys together at her nephew's eighth grade graduation when the two boys were eating together.
"My nephew was a very, very lovable and funny kid," said the aunt, who declined to be named. She said she used to pick Comilang up at the school every day.
The two boys were shot in broad daylight at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the mostly residential neighborhood near the back parking lot of a large supermarket. One was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to a hospital but died shortly after.
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