SAN JOSE -- Police on Thursday officially identified the victim of a fatal Tuesday shooting as John Cody Sonenberg, and said there is no indication that his death was gang-related.
Officers were called to the 1400 block of Fairhaven Drive about 3:20 p.m. on reports of a vehicle accident. Paramedics found Sonenberg on the ground next to a pickup truck that had ran over the curb and onto the sidewalk and determined that his injuries were not conducive to a traffic accident.
Responding officers talked to neighbors who described hearing "pops" just before the crash, said San Jose police Sgt. Jason Dwyer, and believed Sonenberg had been shot, which was later confirmed by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's Office.
Dwyer added that investigators have found no evidence that Sonenberg's death was the result of gang activity.
"Usually if it's gang-related there's a trail of crumbs," he said. "Tattoos, or associates, or information already in a database. There was no indication of that."
Police believe 17 of the 44 homicides this year are gang-related.
Sonenberg was a Leigh High School graduate.
Sonenberg's death was the 44th of the year in San Jose, surpassing a 20-year high and making it the second consecutive year with at least 40. It's the highest since 53 were recorded in 1991.
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