An employee of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Milpitas near police headquarters was found dead from a shotgun wound early Saturday morning, police reported.
"There are detectives working nonstop on this one," Lt. Daryl Sequeira said Sunday morning as police continued to investigate the homicide.
Authorities had no information on the number of homicides in the city this year.
Police received a call shortly after 2 a.m. about an injured person inside the store at 1496 N. Milpitas Blvd. -- just one block from the city's main police department. Sequeira said officers found the victim, a male employee, lying on the floor. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The store and the parking lot were cordoned off Sunday, and a private security guard stood in front to ward off customers, onlookers and the media. Police did not release the identity or age of the victim or any information on a possible suspect. A store manager declined to comment.
A few concerned neighbors gathered outside the store Sunday and wondered aloud about the details of the homicide. The store sits on a corner with a busy boulevard in front and is surrounded by a middle-class neighborhood.
Wanda Moppins, who lives across the street from the store, said neither she nor her family noticed anything out of the ordinary on the night of the homicide.
"I heard nothing, absolutely nothing," Moppins said.
She and another neighbor speculated that a black
Anyone with any information about the case can call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400. Tips can be given anonymously by calling (408) 586-2500 or via the Milpitas Police Department website at http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/government/police/crime_tip.asp.
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