SAN JOSE -- The city's first killing of 2014 pierced the silence of the early-morning hours Thursday, and to the dismay of some, it was followed by more silence.
The gunfire rang out around 12:30 a.m. and an as-yet unidentified man stumbled into the front yard of a duplex at South 33rd and East San Antonio streets. Some people looked out their windows in search of a commotion, and when they saw none, ducked back inside.
No one called 911 for nearly an hour. And the only reason the call came was that a woman returning home from a night shift found the man face down in her driveway, mortally wounded. Police and paramedics came and tried to revive him, but he died where he lay, partially on the pavement and partially on the front lawn.
The mother of the woman who found the dead man lamented that no one called in the gunshots, leaving her daughter to make the grisly discovery.
"All these neighbors, and no one called. That's messed up," said Sharon Maugeri.
Residents of the duplex on East San Antonio Street where the man was found said they did not recognize him¿ and were baffled as to why their home was the site of the slaying. They pointed out to reporters a bullet hole in a wooden fence that shields the front doors from the street that they discovered in the morning.
They said they heard gunshots and the revving of a vehicle speeding away but thought nothing more of it when they didn't see anything out the window. The position of the wounded man was just below the window and out of the sight lines of someone inside.
It was 1:26 a.m. when the returning resident called for help. Police have not identified any eyewitnesses to the shooting, and the leads into the attack are sparse. A police source confirmed that the victim was wearing an ankle bracelet associated with being on parole or probation and that gang motives are being explored based on evidence at the site.
The shooting, less than 26 hours into the new year, marked the city's first homicide in over a month, when a deadly Nov. 23 shooting on Peter Pan Avenue -- about a mile-and-a-half away from¿ Thursday's shooting -- took the life of an 18-year-old man. Thursday's shooting also occurred a few blocks west of the same stretch of road where a 49-year-old woman was found slain Sept. 3 in a vehicle parked near San Antonio Elementary School. Suspects have been arrested in both of those killings.
Homicides have been on the rise in San Jose, with 44 in 2013, the third straight year the city recorded more than 40 homicides, which had not happened in two decades. There were 46 homicides in 2012 and 42 in 2011. The 2013 and 2011 figures include killings investigated by San Jose State University police that aren't included in SJPD's count.
Anyone with information about Thursday's killing can contact the San Jose Police Department's homicide unit 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.