SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – One man was stabbed to death and a suspect was hospitalized in critical condition from a gunshot wound Thursday morning after a homicide in San Jose’s Vendome neighborhood, police said.
Officers responded to a call reporting a disturbance shortly after 8 a.m. and taped off the surrounding area at the intersection of Losse Court and Ayer Avenue. A woman who lives at the residence called 911, according to police.
The call was upgraded to a stabbing after one victim was found suffering stab wounds and another had a gunshot wound, according to police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Garcia.
The stabbing victim died at the scene and the suspect with the gunshot wound was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Identities of the victims are being withheld until their families are notified.
Police are currently on scene and the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office transported one body away at about 1:30 p.m.
The Vendome area is one of San Jose’s oldest neighborhoods, filled with large homes built in the 1930s. Former San Jose Mayor Tom McEnery lives a few doors down from the crime scene.
Residents say the community is very tight-knit, and that an elderly couple and their son lived at the address where the homicide happened.
Curtis Johnson, a longtime resident, said he has known the couple’s son for at least 15 years because the two share an alleyway.
Nancy DeMattei, who has lived in the neighborhood for 30 years, said the son is a supportive, friendly neighbor, but she never met the man’s parents.
“Well, it’s pretty shocking. Like I said, it’s a pretty quiet neighborhood. Normally, we just have normal people walking around and using the light-rail system,” said area resident Robert Jesinger.
This neighborhood has been bisected by light rail and other recent developments over the years, but neighbors say they have not had any recent security concerns.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Sgt. Jesus Mendoza or Detective Todd Jennings at (408) 277-5283.
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