SAN JOSE -- Homicide detectives have identified two suspects -- one in custody, the other still being sought -- in separate shooting deaths that marked the city's 43rd and 44th homicides of the year.
In the most recent instance, which involved the Nov. 23 shooting death of 18-year-old Pedro Dado Cortez on Peter Pan Avenue near Capitol Park, police arrested Balam Eugenio Gonzalez, 20, in San Jose. He was booked Nov. 27 on suspicion of murder in the case. San Jose police announced the arrest the morning after, but declined to release Gonzalez's name until Tuesday, citing the sensitivity of the investigation.
Officer Albert Morales, a San Jose police spokesman, said Cortez's death is being investigated as gang motivated, making it the 10th killing this year to be deemed gang related.
Also Tuesday, police announced that they are seeking the public's help in their search for 22-year-old Johnny K. Nguyen, who they described as the prime suspect in the Nov. 17 shooting death of 18-year-old Tony Hoang in front of a home on Goldenrain Drive in the Edenvale neighborhood of South San Jose.
San Jose has recorded 44 homicides in 2013, a total that includes a case investigated by San Jose State University police that SJPD does not count toward its tally. There were also three homicides in unincorporated San Jose handled by the Sheriff's Office.
Anyone with information about these cases can contact San Jose homicide detectives at 408-277-5283 or leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) or with svcrimestoppers.org.
Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.