SAN JOSE — A shooting that erupted inside a library and wounded a man Monday afternoon — sending patrons and staff scrambling for cover — is being investigated as a gang-related attack, according to San Jose police.
Additionally, the Hillview Branch Library “will remain closed until further notice” while police investigate the shooting and the library administration “secures the branch facility, and supports our employees through this traumatic event,” according to a statement from the San Jose Public Library.
The shooting, the city’s third in as many days, was reported at 3:30 p.m. inside the library at 1600 Hopkins Drive, next to Clyde L. Fischer Middle School. Police said one man was wounded and taken to a local hospital. He is expected to survive his injuries.
In the wake of the shooting, Officer Steven Aponte said an initial investigation determined that the shooting involved people with gang affiliations or motives. He added that two men were being sought by police, one of them being the gunman.
Aponte said the library becoming the backdrop for the violence appears to be incidental, and that police are treating the shooting as an isolated instance there. Police did not release further details about the precise circumstances of the gunfire.
The library statement also expressed gratitude that “no library employees or other customers were physically harmed. Security and safety are ongoing priorities for the library, and we will continue to invest in staff training, staff capacity, and building and safety improvements.”
Library officials added that “despite the extreme challenge of this situation, library staff provided a swift and appropriate response. In the next days and weeks, the library will focus on engaging with the community, planning for recovery, and repairing the damage resulting from this incident.”
Monday’s shooting followed two fatal instances of gunfire Saturday and Sunday. A man was fatally shot early Saturday near the intersection of Monterey Road and Rancho Drive. Vu Thai, 38, of San Jose, was arrested in connection with the shooting, though police have not released any details about the surrounding circumstances.
At 3:35 a.m. Sunday, 24-year-old Manuel Isaac Huizar Cornjeo was shot and killed at the 24-hour Safeway at 1530 Hamilton Ave., where he regularly worked the overnight shift, according to his brother. Police have not announced any arrests in that shooting.
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