Six shootings in San Jose

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San Jose police are investigating six shootings since last Thursday, including multiple drive-by shootings, one of which occurred near San Jose City Hall, police said Monday.

Two people were injured in two of the six incidents and police are investigating but do not have any suspects in connection with any of the shootings, police reported.

At 9:10 p.m. on Thursday, a woman called police to report that some men had fired guns toward her vehicle. She was driving east on Yerba Buena Road just after exiting U.S. Highway 101 in southeastern San Jose when she said she heard gunshots fired and then saw the men shooting at her. The woman was not injured, officers said.

About an hour later on that same night, two people in a car on Blue Mountain Drive near Mt. Frazier Drive in East San Jose said that a male in the passenger seat of a car traveling in the opposite direction fired multiple rounds into their vehicle, but the shots missed them.

The vehicle with the shooter then drove away, according to police.

The first of three reported shootings in San Jose on Saturday came at 1:50 a.m., when two victims said they were standing on South Fourth Street at Santa Clara Street, a downtown intersection shared by San Jose City Hall, when a vehicle approached and one of the persons inside fired about three rounds at the pair.

No one was wounded in the shooting. One of the bullets hit a parked car and at least one struck an apartment building, according to police.

At 3:40 a.m. Saturday, in the 2000 block of Orlando Drive just east of King Road in East San Jose, police received calls from residents who reported hearing several gunshots.

Officers arrived and found bullets had struck a house and vehicles parked in front of the residence. Police conducted a welfare check of the home and contacted two men and one woman inside, but no one was hurt.

The three indicated that they knew the house was being shot at but opted against contacting the Police Department, officers said.

That morning at about 5:20 a.m., police received a report that a male pedestrian had been walking on Mesa Drive near Almaden Expressway in South San Jose when a vehicle drove up and a person fired approximately three shots at him, officers said.

The male victim suffered some minor scratches and bruising, possibly due to shrapnel and fragments from bullets, according to investigators.

The victim at first did not report it but his girlfriend informed the department of the incident a couple of hours later, police said.

The most recent drive-by shooting occurred at about 5:15 p.m. Monday and left one person injured in the 1900 block of Edgestone Circle near Brahms Avenue, San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol said.

Officers also received a report that shots were fired into a home, Randol said.

Based on the investigation, two people were standing in their driveway talking to one another when the suspect drove onto Edgestone Circle. The suspect leaned out of the vehicle window and fired three to four rounds in the victims’ direction.

One victim was struck by at least one round. The victim was transported to a local hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, according to Randol.

Connections between these shootings and possible motives are being investigated.

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