SAN JOSE -- San Jose police are still determining motives and suspects in a pair of separate weekend shootings that killed two people, including a 16-year-old boy.
The slayings brought the city's homicide tally to 28 for the year, outpacing last year's total of 46, which was a 20-year high. San Jose has seen three killings in less than a week following a three-week lull in deadly violence.
In the most recent case, police were called just after 1 a.m. Sunday for shots fired at a large house party that was breaking up near Murtha Drive and Candler Avenue in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood. Officers had just stopped a car they had associated with the police call near Story and South White roads, and then found a 16-year-old boy inside suffering from several gunshot wounds.
He was taken to Regional Medical Center of San Jose, where he was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later. The victim was identified as Jorge Medina of San Jose.
Police, who on Monday revised initial reports that Medina was 17, have not announced a motive or shooter in the case.
That shooting followed a late Friday incident in the Alviso area of the city where 32-year-old Gregory Lamere, also of San Jose, was apparently shot in the head after a sidewalk conversation that witnesses say inexplicably turned violent.
"We had some folks talking, and the next thing they know the victim was shot," Lt. Danny Acosta said Friday.
Officers were called to State and Archer streets for reports of gunfire and found Lamere. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Sgt. Jason Dwyer said while a motive is still being established in Lamere's death, there is no indication that it was gang-related.
The pair of killings occurred a few days after the Wednesday stabbing death of 37-year-old Christopher Bowman at a homeless shelter on West Julian Street. A suspect, 25-year-old Matthew Jacobsen, has been arrested in his death.
Anyone with information about the homicides can contact detectives at 408-277-5283 or leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) or with svcrimestoppers.org.
Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.