Household says younger father killed in San Jose taking pictures had no gang affiliation – CBS San Francisco
SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A family member of one of the victims who died in a nighttime mass shooting near San Jose State University on Wednesday told KPIX 5 that her brother-in-law who was killed was not a gang member.
Two people were killed and four others injured late Tuesday night, according to police, when a shooter opened fire on a crowd gathering next to a memorial on the sidewalk for a traffic accident victim in a neighborhood near San Jose state would have.
Friends and family members of one of the victims of the shooting gathered on site early Wednesday morning. They said the crowd went to a vigil at a makeshift sidewalk memorial last night for 22-year-old Jose De Jesus Perez Leyva, who was killed in an accident on Tuesday.
Witnesses said, for some reason, a gunman pulled up in a white muscle car and opened fire on the crowd.
San Jose police said officers who responded to the 600 block on S. 8th Street late Tuesday night found a total of five gunshot victims. Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene, police said three others were taken to local hospitals and are expected to survive.
During the investigation, it was found that a sixth person was also shot. This victim suffered a non-life threatening injury and was also treated at a local hospital.
Investigators said no suspects were identified or arrested. The motive and circumstances of the incident were also further investigated. The police could not tell if the shooting was gang related.
San Jose police stayed on the scene and took evidence of the shooting for 17 hours.
The identities of the deceased victims – both adults – will be released by the Santa Clara County Coroner Office after their identities are confirmed and the next of kin are notified. Police said five of the victims were men and one was woman.
However, one person identified one of the victims of KPIX 5. A woman who only gave her name as Angela said the drive-by shooting claimed the life of her brother-in-law, Cristian Gonzalez.
He had just arrived at the memorial to pay tribute to Leyva. Gonzalez’s wife, Rose Bracamontes, was parked her vehicle with her 10-month-old daughter in the back seat when the fire broke out.
“So he was only here to light a candle for him. And within a minute the shooting happened. And my sister was there trying to save him and giving CPR. We couldn’t do anything, ”said Angela.
On the GoFundMe page for Gonzalez’s funeral expenses set up by Rose Bracamontes, she wrote, “Tonight the love of my life was stolen from us.”
Angela refused any association with gangs.
“We are in no way, shape or form associated with this lifestyle,” she insisted through tears.
She also had a message for the shooter.
“If you’re still out there, you just know my little niece won’t have a father,” she said.
The neighbors told KPIX 5 that they heard the shots rang out around 10 p.m.
“I was just sitting in my room working on my laptop,” said Kris Grischoot. “I heard five shots and then I heard a couple of cars (sped away) … I told my wife to turn off the lights and lock the doors.”
Grischoot said his wife also heard gunshots earlier that evening.
Neighborhood resident Diana Ponce said when she was doing an assignment around 6:30 p.m., she noticed about 80 people were gathering. She said her neighbors told her there was at least one drive-by shoot that early evening.
“I can’t really put feelings into it, all I can say is it sucks because it’s in our neighborhood,” she said. “This is not the kind of community we want to live in. This is not the example we want to set our children. What can we really do about it?
Neighbor Nina Duran said two different groups of shots had been fired.
“Boom boom boom. People were crying and screaming,” Duran said.
Nidia Salinas lives across the street and said she heard a quick series of gunfire.
When asked if it was scary, she replied, “Oh yes. Of course it is. But I mean what are you going to do? “
The shooting took place two blocks from the SJSU campus near the Delta Gamma Sorority, but police said there were no known links with the university or campus. Grischoot said the neighborhood has changed since classes went online and students moved out during the COVID pandemic.
“We usually have so many people,” he told KPIX 5. “It’s a different mood [since campus closed]. There aren’t that many students, more people looking for trouble. “
The gunshot deaths were the 27th and 28th San Jose murders in 2020.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sergeant Miri 3860 or Detective Cuenca 3915 of the Homicide Unit of the San Jose Police Department at 408-277-5283.
Betty Yu and Kiet Do contributed to this story.