SAN JOSE -- A fracas between two groups of males on bustling downtown streets ended in a double shooting Friday night, putting one of the victims in the hospital with life-threatening wounds, police said.
Officers were called to the area of East San Fernando and South Second streets shortly after 10 p.m. for reports that someone had been shot. They found two shooting scenes a short distance apart -- one near the intersection and the other a half-block away in a parking lot across the street from the Gordon Biersch microbrewery and restaurant.
Police said the person shot near the intersection suffered minor injuries, but that the victim found in the parking lot has "critical injuries and is in surgery." Both were alive as of Saturday afternoon.
The area is a few blocks away from San Jose State University and brimming with bars and restaurants, and investigators were talking to several people who witnessed the gunfire.
"Obviously, we have a lot of witnesses," said Lt. Johnson Fong. "There are hundreds of people around here."
It was also blocks away from Plaza de Cesar Chavez, where hundreds were enjoying the "Christmas in the Park" festivities.
Ben Rodriguez was crossing the street at San Fernando and Second when he heard four shots ring out in rapid succession.
"I ducked, a lot of people ducked, but no one ran," he said. "I thought they were firecrackers at first."
Tina Johnson was vending food on the sidewalk across the street from the parking lot when the shooting occurred.
"Two youngsters came running by," she said. "One put a gun in his waistband and kept running toward Santa Clara (Street)."
Johnson and other witnesses said that shortly after the shooting, a large number of agitated men who appeared to be gang members arrived in the area.
Police spokesman Officer Albert Morales said Saturday that no suspects or motives, including whether the attack was gang-related, had been immediately established.
In August, a nursing student was killed just two blocks away from Friday's shootings when she was an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire of what police described as a gang-fueled shootout.
Kimberly Joyce Estrada Chico, 19, was in the passenger seat of a vehicle on East San Salvador Street near South Second Street when she was hit by a bullet just before 2 a.m. Aug. 3. Three men have been charged with murder and gang enhancements in that shooting.
Staff writer Robert Salonga contributed to this story. Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.