5 Killed in Shooting in San Jose, Suspect Kills Himself After Standoff With Police

By Venus Upadhayaya, Epoch Times
June 24, 2019 Updated: June 24, 2019

Four people lost their lives in gunfire in San Jose and the shooter killed himself as the police tried to engage with him, ending the hours-long standoff on June 24.

In an apparent murder-suicide case, police reported to the 500 block of Habbitts Court in the Cramer Umbarger neighborhood at 8:40 p.m. on Sunday after many people heard the gunshots, reported the KRON4.

A woman dialed 911 saying that her husband had killed her sister and brother, according to Mercury News.

Upon arriving at the scene, the police saw family members running away from the house, reported NBC Bay Area.

According to multiple media reports, the police used an armored tactical vehicle to rescue a man and a woman with gunshot wounds.

“When officers arrived on scene, two adults exited the residence suffering from at least one gunshot wound each,” San Jose police spokeswoman Officer Gina Tepoorten told Mercury News.

The entire street was cleared and SWAT teams surrounded the house. The authorities were trying to engage with the suspect but he killed himself and the standoff ended early Monday morning, according to KRON4.

The two victims were taken to the hospital where both of them sucummed to their injuries shortly after they arrived there, reported ABC7.

At about 1:25 a.m. the police were able to enter the house where they found three dead bodies, including that of the suspect.

Several people who escaped the shooting and exited the house and are being questioned by investigators. Eight people living around Habbitts Court were displaced and are being taken care of at the Seven Trees Community Center, according to KRON4.

Police said there are no outstanding suspects and the case is being investigated as a quadruple murder-suicide—the suspect shot the four people before killing himself, reported ABC7.

There was a large presence of police around the shooting area. While most of the media reports say the authorities have yet to disclose the identity of the suspect, the Mercury News reports that he was a Vietnamese man in his 60s. Among those who escaped shooting include his wife and his 17-year-old daughter.

“The (suspect’s) wife confirmed she witnessed her husband shoot her brother and her sister,” a key witness who was one of the first to see the shooting told the responding officers, according to Mercury News.

CBS SF Bay Area reported that with these four killings, the homicide deaths rose to 19 this year in San Jose.

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