The shooting scene (ABC7)
SAN JOSE – The San Jose Police Department responded to a call in the “Japan town” area of San Jose where, according to witnesses at the scene, two off-duty Oakland firefighters had been shot. ABC7 identifies them as “probationary” firefighters.
The 26-year-old firefighter was in critical condition while the second firefighter, 30 years old, succumbed to his injury and was declared deceased at the scene. Witnesses described how the two firefighters had just exited the Gordon Biersch Brewery located at 357 E. Taylor Street in San Jose. The shooting occurred just after 9:30 PM.
“We don’t know if it was at least one shooter,” San Jose Police Officer Lisa Gannon in an interview with Damian Trujillo of NBC Bay Area News said. “We don’t know if there are other associates or other details that would have us looking for other people.”
She added that the search for other possible suspects was ongoing. The investigation into the shooting was unclear as witnesses described a man who approached the victims and then fled after firing multiple shots at the victims.
Police had detained a person of interest and were continuing to canvass the area for other possible shooters. No further details were being given by police.