SAN JOSE -- A man was found shot to death in a minimart parking lot off Monterey Highway in South San Jose early Saturday -- the city's third homicide in five days.
San Jose police were called to the front of the 7-Eleven at Edenview Drive about 1:40 a.m. after receiving reports of a shooting. They found a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said the victim was walking to the store when he had a brief exchange of either words or looks with someone in a parked car. Someone in the car emerged and opened fire, then drove away. The encounter appeared to have been captured by a video surveillance camera in the front of the store.
Neither a motive nor information about possible suspects was immediately released. Police said the area where the shooting occurred has been marked by rising tensions between gang members and rival drug dealers.
The lot was cordoned off for much of Saturday morning while homicide detectives examined the scene. Mourners gathered in the parking lot across the street to console each other. The victim's identity was not immediately released.
The killing marked the city's 23rd homicide of the year and the third this week, after two were recorded within 12 hours of each other, starting with Monday afternoon's shooting in broad daylight of a man walking along Gramercy Place in East San Jose.
The second homicide occurred early Tuesday when a man was stabbed to death by a group of attackers in the heart of downtown at Park Avenue and Market Street, within footsteps of the Tech Museum of Innovation and Plaza de César Chávez park. Detectives have culled surveillance video from the multitude of cameras in the area to pin down who might have been at the scene. The shooting was reportedly preceded by the group drinking in the park.
San Jose's homicide tally this year is down from 2013. At this point last year, the city had recorded 29 homicides. But violent crime through the first six months of this year was up about 4 percent.
Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.