SAN JOSE -- Officers are investigating the city's 21st homicide of the year after a man was shot and killed Monday afternoon in an area known for gang activity.

San Jose police responded to the 200 block of Gramercy Place at 3:39 p.m. When they arrived, they found a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound, according to San Jose Lt. Paul Spagnoli. Police said the man, who was walking down the street when he was shot, was the only person injured. Police did not know if the suspects were on foot or if they were in a car when the shooting occurred.

The man, who has not been identified, was rushed to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"Any time there is a shooting in the middle of the day, it is a bold act," Spagnoli said. "But then again, shooting anyone at any time is a brazen act."

The suspects in the shooting remain at-large, but police were canvassing the area and planned to spend much of Monday night interviewing potential witnesses. Spagnoli said with so many at home at the time of the shooting, the plethora of accounts was both a blessing and a curse, with officers needing to piece together just what happened. Spagnoli did say, however, that thus far neighbors have been helpful, which has allowed the investigation to go smoothly.


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Police did not say what motive or circumstances led to the shooting, but the area is a contentious hot spot for gang activity. Most notably, the footbridge that spans 10 lanes of Interstate 680 and connects two parts of Madden Avenue between McKee Road and Alum Rock Avenue is known as a heavily disputed area between gangs who use graffiti to mark the bridge as their own.

Police said while they have not ruled out that the shooting was gang-related, they asked that people remember to not generalize who lives in the area.

"Not everyone out here is a gang member," Spagnoli said. "There are good people here too."

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