SAN JOSE -- A man died at the hospital Tuesday evening after being shot in broad daylight following an apparent road-rage clash near Tully and Senter roads that morning, becoming the city's 15th homicide victim of the year and the second reported in two days.
According to San Jose police, the shooting was reported at 10:22 a.m. at Baltic Way, about a block south of the major intersection. The victim, described as a man in his 40s, was conscious and breathing when he was lifted into an ambulance and taken to the hospital, police spokeswoman Sgt. Heather Randol said. But Tuesday night, police said the man succumbed to his wounds earlier in the evening.
Before the gunfire, the victim was driving his pickup truck when he got into a "road rage incident" with two men in a silver Volkswagen Jetta on Tully Road, Randol said. The vehicles did not collide, but the confrontation escalated to the point where both drivers pulled over to the side of the street.
The victim got out of his truck and words were exchanged, and he was shot at least once, Randol said. It was not clear if either of the Jetta's two occupants got out of the car. The two, described as men in their late teens or early 20s, fled the scene.
A vehicle crash that occurred around the same time as the shooting was determined not have been connected.
On Monday, two men were found dead from gunshot wounds in a South San Jose townhome in what police have classified as a murder-suicide, according to San Jose police spokesman Officer Albert Morales.
Anyone with information about the Tuesday shooting can contact police at 408-277-4161 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.