SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A male suspect fatally shot three women and a man before killing himself during a standoff at a home in San Jose overnight, police said Monday.
Officers initially responded at about 8:40 p.m. Sunday to reports of shots fired at a home in the 500 block of Habbitts Court near the Los Lagos Golf Course southeast of downtown San Jose, according to police.
The first arriving officers found several family members fleeing the house who told police that the suspect had shot at least one person and possibly others in the home, police said.
Officers with the Police Department’s Special Operations Division responded and used an armored vehicle to rescue a man and woman from the home. They were taken to nearby hospitals and both died shortly afterward, according to police.
Two other women and the suspect remained inside the home, and at about 1:25 a.m. Monday, officers went in and found the three dead from gunshot wounds.
Police said the suspect shot the four victims before killing himself. The names of the victims and suspect have not yet been released by the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office.
A neighbor said he had just returned from vacation and was taking his dog out when he heard the gunshots. “A police officer was going around and said, ‘stay off this street, just go inside.’ So I just go inside,” said Mario Libed.
Another neighbor who lives across the street said he didn’t hear anything odd, and that this is a typically a friendly, quiet neighborhood.
“Everybody here is pretty chill. Like we all say ‘hi’ when we leave and say ‘bye’ when we take off,” said Jacob Lopez. “This is a big shock I’m pretty sure to all of us. It had every neighbor at their front door trying to peek at what was happening.”
The identities of the suspect and the victims were being withheld right now until next of kin was notified.
The four homicides bring San Jose’s total to 19 this year. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Detective Sgt. T.J. Lewis or Detective Brian Meeker at (408) 277-5283. People wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867.
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