SAN JOSE -- A 33-year-old man was the victim of an early-morning shooting in a minimart parking lot in South San Jose last weekend, police announced Thursday.

Police say Santrius Romel Lawrence, of San Jose, was walking toward the 7-Eleven at Monterey Highway and Edenview Drive around 1:40 a.m. Saturday when he had a brief exchange -- of either glances or words -- with someone parked out front. Someone emerged from the vehicle, opened fire, and drove away.

By the time officers and emergency personnel arrived, all they could do is pronounce Lawrence dead at the scene and start their investigation into the city's 23rd homicide of the year. At the same point in 2013, 30 homicides had been recorded in San Jose.

The encounter appears to have been caught on surveillance video, but police have not released information on suspects or a motive. Police did say the neighborhood had been the backdrop of simmering tensions between gang members and rival drug dealers.

It also marked the third killing in a five-day span, following a deadly shooting July 28 in East San Jose and a downtown stabbing about 12 hours later.



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