SAN JOSE -- A 23-year-old San Jose man has been arrested in connection with a deadly weekend shooting that brought the city's homicide tally to a 15-year high for the second consecutive year, police said.
Armando Galvin was arrested in Manteca on Saturday afternoon, hours after 22-year-old Robert Agulto was rushed to a San Jose hospital by friends after being shot multiple times. Agulto died from his injuries.
Investigators revealed little about what motivated the shooting but said Galvin and Agulto were arguing in the 1500 block of Kooser Road in southwest San Jose sometime after midnight. Galvin ended things by pulling out a gun and shooting Agulto, police said.
Relatives tried to fill in the blanks by saying Agulto was sitting on his nearby apartment patio and watching his friend walk over when a driver pulled alongside the friend and started an argument. They said Agulto walked over to check on his friend and was shot by the driver.
Police did not corroborate this account of events, but did say Agulto and Galvin knew each other, which family members confirmed.
Agulto, a father of three, grew up in San Jose and lived in Riverside before returning to his hometown. Family and friends held a candlelight vigil for him Saturday night and were planning a carwash to help cover funeral expenses.
His death marked San Jose's 40th homicide of the year, equaling the 2011 total which, was the most since 1997 when 43 were recorded.
Anyone with information about this case can contact Detective Sgt. Steven Bustillos at 408-277-5283, or leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) or svcrimestoppers.org.
Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.