Woman killed by samurai sword-wielding man

SAN JOSE, Calif.

Around 1 p.m., there was a fatal drive-by shooting on Charles Street, followed by a shooting at 4 p.m. on Denair Avenue. The stabbing happened on West San Carlos Street in front of a Walgreens store.

Witnesses say the victim was a well-known figure in the neighborhood and at least one witness tells us the motive may have been related to voodoo.

People who live around the midtown area of San Jose say the victim is a homeless woman who regularly sits in front of the Walgreen's store on San Carlos Street.

"I know her as 'The Screaming Lady,' so whenever you walk by she's normally yelling or screaming, kind of scary," said resident Michael White.

Around 6:30 p.m., witnesses say a man got off the bus with a samurai sword and took several full swings at the woman's neck while she was sitting on the curb.

"He came up to her and bam, bam, then slit her throat with a samurai sword," said witness Angel Islas.

Islas says several witnesses chased the man around the Walgreens store until they ended back where the woman was lying on the sidewalk. Then Islas says he stabbed her several times.

"Even though she wasn't all that friendly, she was still a big part of the neighborhood," said Michael.

Across the street at the Starbucks, barista Ruth White says a bizarre incident happened this morning involving the victim and a man who matches the description of the suspect. She says the man flipped out.

"Like he threw the table of the gentleman next to him, dropped his drink, dropped the next person's drink, flew out of the store screaming 'Nooo, don't do that to me!' It scared everybody in the entire store," said Ruth.

Ruth says the man came back and explained the homeless woman was staring at him through the window.

"And we said, 'What happened? Are you OK?' And he said, 'She was trying to put a black voodoo spell on me and I didn't want her to,' and he was literally scared to death," said Ruth.

Investigators have not released a description on the suspect who is still on the loose.

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