San Jose Employee Dies in Shooting at FoodMaxx Parking Lot

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San Jose police are asking the public for assistance in locating a man suspected of attacking and critically injuring a FoodMaxx employee on Halloween night.

Witnesses reported at about 9:15 p.m. of an incident at a grocery store found in the 1500 block of Parkmoor Avenue. Officers who then responded found a man who suffered major injuries to his head and face.

Witnesses said that the victim was retrieving shopping carts in the parking lot when an unknown assailant attacked him. Police described the suspect as potentially being a Hispanic male, about six feet tall, in his 20s, and hair up to his shoulders.

Officials said the suspect was wearing a black short-sleeve T-shirt that had a design in its front part, red baggy shorts, dark shoes, and a hat or beanie when he attacked the FoodMaxx employee.

Detectives are conducting investigations to determine the exact motives and circumstances of the crime. Officials transported the victim to the hospital, and is fighting with life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses said that the suspect was together with three women during the time of the crime, one of which appeared to be in her late teens. They also noted that the assailant drove a silver four-door sedan equipped with a sunroof, tinted rear windows, and had a dent on the rear quarter panel on the driver’s side, the San Francisco Gate reported.

Early this month, police also reported a fatal shooting that resulted in the death of one man in San Jose. Authorities posted around 5:30 a.m. on November 1 that officers responded to reports of a shooting on the 400 block of N 13th Street.

Officials discovered the body of a man with a gunshot wound who medical professionals later pronounced dead. The fatal incident marks San Jose’s 37th homicide this year.

On November 10, officers reported that another individual was killed during a shooting in East San Jose, recorded as the city’s 38th homicide in 2020. San Jose’s homicide rate has risen to surpass numbers from 2019, which totaled 34 for the entire year.

San Jose police said that the first respondents to the scene came after reports of shooting at around 2:35 a.m. Authorities then discovered a man with a gunshot wound and transported him immediately to the hospital. However, the victim later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

While police have not identified any suspects or made arrests, they are investigating the motive of the crime and the circumstances of the shooting. The Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office would be releasing the identity of the victim after confirming with the body and notifying his next of kin, CBS Local reported.

Earlier this week, San Joaquin County officials identified an Acampo shooting victim where one teenager lost his life, and another was sent to jail. The county Sherrif’s Office revealed the victim as 15-year-old Dominic Martinez and the imprisoned boy as a 17-year-old.

The suspect was charged with appropriate crimes, but authorities said that while the investigation is being conducted, they would not be revealing details or information on the charges.

After reports of a shooting at around 2:00 p.m. in the 19600 block of North Highway 99 East Frontage Road, officers arrived to find Martinez with at least one gunshot wound. Medical professionals later pronounced the victim dead after succumbing to his wounds.

Police found the 17-year-old suspect inside the residence where the incident took place. They also found a firearm at the scene of the crime. Officers arrested the teen after interviewing the suspect and witnesses in the area. The Sherrif’s Office later reported that they had transported the suspect to the San Joaquin County Juvenile Justice Center, SACBEE reported.

Danielle Joyce Ong

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