SAN JOSE -- About 15 minutes after sunset Tuesday, gunfire echoed through a densely populated West San Jose neighborhood and arriving officers found a man lying dead in the street, the city's third homicide of the year.
Police said they received numerous calls around 5:30 p.m. reporting shots fired on Loma Verde Drive near Eden Avenue. The victim had been shot at least one time, and was pronounced dead at the scene, police spokesman Albert Morales said.
Deborah Carbone said she was cleaning a friend's nearby residence when she heard the gunshots.
"It went boom, then hesitated, and then boom, boom, boom, boom," said Carbone, who walked outside after the gunshots and saw a man's lifeless body face down in the street, near the sidewalk.
San Jose Police Officer Christian Camarillo said detectives on Tuesday night were talking to residents of the neighborhood, which is made up of multiunit apartment buildings.
"A lot of people are out in the streets and looking out windows," Camarillo said. "Officers are trying to find as many witnesses as they can."
Camarillo said the crime scene was large, encompassing numerous blocks because potential evidence had been located nearby.
Shortly after 7 p.m., he said he was not aware of any reason for residents to be alarmed, but he urged anyone who might have information about the case to share it with police.
Nothing more about the victim, including his age or the circumstances surrounding the shooting, was known Tuesday night. No suspects had been identified or located, Morales said.
Anyone with information about the case can contact the San Jose Police Department's homicide unit at 408-277-5283 or leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867, or svcrimestoppers.org.
Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5446 or follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.