SAN JOSE -- An altercation between two groups of people Sunday at the Capitol Flea Market turned into a deadly fight on city streets when a man was fatally killed by a hit-and-run driver -- a death police are treating as a homicide.

The two groups confronted each other at about 3 p.m. inside the flea market and were ordered by security to leave, according to Officer Albert Morales, a police spokesman. The same groups then got into a physical confrontation just outside the flea market near the intersection of Snell Avenue and Capitol Expressway, police said.

At some point, one of the men involved in the fight and possibly a second was struck by a vehicle in the middle of the street. One man later died at the scene, Morales said. It was the city's seventh homicide of the year.

Both groups got into different vehicles and fled the scene before police arrived.

A short time later two men walked into the emergency room at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center, located about five miles away at Santa Teresa Boulevard and Cottle Road. One of the men had been stabbed at least once, and the other man was suffering from injuries consistent with being hit by a vehicle, Morales said. Police say both injuries were considered non-life-threatening.

Police say the two men who walked into the hospital were involved in the fight that occurred at Snell and Capitol. The relationship between the man who died and the two men at the hospital was not immediately known, Morales said.


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Before realizing that the death was related to the confrontation between the two groups in the flea market, police on Sunday had originally reported the incident as a fatal hit-and-run accident -- not a homicide.

Homicide detectives worked through the night and into Monday morning in an effort to determine the circumstances surrounding the death, Morales said.

The name of the man was being withheld Monday until the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office notifies his family. As of late Monday, no arrests had been made in connection with homicide.

Police did not provide any information about the vehicles involved in the incident.

On Monday morning, a small, makeshift memorial of candles, flowers and balloons was created on the center divide at Snell, just south of Capitol.