CAMPBELL -- For the first time in more than five years, police here are investigating a homicide after an 18-year-old man was gunned down while walking in a residential neighborhood near the Campbell Community Center.

Richard Vega, of Campbell, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for emergency surgery but did not survive, police said.

"Our city leaders are obviously concerned, as we are," police Capt. Charley Adams said about Campbell's first homicide since November 2007, when a 24-year-old man was gunned down while walking along West Sunnyoaks Avenue, near Winchester Boulevard.

No suspects were ever arrested in that case, which remains open.

Adams said the community of 40,000 people has the same kinds of crimes as any other city, "just at a much lower scale."

Police received a call about 10:20 p.m. Sunday about a shooting on Latimer Avenue near Dunster Drive, Adams said. The area is just north of a large field that is part of the community center.

A dark-colored sedan was seen leaving the area eastbound on Latimer toward Winchester Boulevard just after the shooting, according to police.

Police believe Vega was walking along the sidewalk near a large grass field at the community center when he was shot, Adams said.

Vega lived in the neighborhood, which consists of a mix of apartments, fourplexes and upscale single-family homes.


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Adams said police are contacting residents in the area to see if any of them have security cameras that may have recorded the shooting or any clues.

Anyone with information about the shooting or with security camera recordings of the street is asked to contact the Campbell Police Department investigations unit at 408-871-5190. People can also leave an anonymous tip by contacting Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867

Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him on Twitter @markmgomez.