Rap concert turns violent

SAN JOSE – Jose Cervantes, age 24, was arrested on October 23, 2012 for multiple charges of attempted murder in what officers are calling a gang related shooting.

On January 1, 2012 shots were fired at the Creekside Bar and Grill located at 544 W Alma Ave around 1:50 am, at which time a phone call was received by police dispatch officers reporting that a person had been shot.  Witnesses recalled hearing gunshots after a rap concert was ending.  Witnesses said they saw a Hispanic male in his mid 30’s firing into a small crowd on the dance floor.

The Creekside Bar & Grill was the scene of the violence

According to Officer Morales with the San Jose Police Department said, “Security measures are not monitored through associated police departments.”   Morales said, “Club owners are responsible for hiring their own private security.”

During the time of the incident, scared patrons had rushed into the kitchen and back parking lot areas to escape escalating violence that had erupted on the dance floor.  Injuries were reported by victims when broken glass, stabbings from a knife and gun shots had ended a rap concert held by the bar’s owner.  “Training and what measures are taken depend on the owner of the bar or restaurant,” Morales said. “If the search procedures are not secure, there are many ways these guys could defeat security measures.”

Follow up investigation by officers revealed there were two gunshot victims, one with severe injuries and one with minor non-life threatening injuries.  Another victim was reportedly stabbed on the dance floor in the incident, though he thought that he may have been injured by glass bottles that were being thrown during the onset of what investigators and witnesses are calling a gang related attack.

“Most security officers are not trained on how a police officer or department might do when working an event of some sort,” Morales said.  Security measures are the result of an owners preference, in which many of those hired may not have the training necessary to protect the general public from someone who will carry a loaded fire arm into a crowded bar or restaurant.

The shooting and stabbing suspects were later apprehended this week through fingerprint analysis, photo line-up from witnesses and further follow up by investigating officers.

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