According to a neighbor who lives next door to the suspect, during the shooting, the wife of the suspect jumped their shared fence, ran inside his home and hid in his five-year-old son's bedroom.
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"I accidentally left the sliding door open," the neighbor, whose name is Alan, told reporters Monday. "Then, the wife jumped the fence and ran into my house and she locked the door in my kid's room while we were in the master bedroom."
Alan said he heard five or six gunshots from the home next door. He did not speak to the suspect's wife but said when he went outside to lock his door, he saw the suspect looking for her.
"She didn't talk to me or anything," he said. "I was kind of upset because what are you doing running in this house? You shouldn't be, because I have a five-year-old and she knows that."
A neighbor (who does not want to show his face) tells reporters here at the #SanJose shooting that last night the suspect’s wife ran inside his home, seeking shelter. @SanJosePD confirm that 2 people did escape the home. pic.twitter.com/VCQLs46psR— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) June 24, 2019
The standoff started around 8:40 Sunday night. San Jose Police say the suspect's wife, daughter and niece escaped their home unharmed. Police then entered the suspect's home to try to save the other victims.
"They saw that at least one of the victims was moving and they figured they needed to go in there and do something," Sgt. Enrique Garcia with the San Jose Police Department said.
A man and a woman were taken to the hospital where they died. Two other female victims were later found inside the home.
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"There was no documented history of domestic violence between the suspect and family members," Sgt. Garcia said. "Detectives are not certain what caused the suspect to shoot his family members."
Police say the suspect used a handgun and was found in his side yard.
Neighbors describe the family as seeming relatively normal. Alan said he didn't know the suspect very well, but called him a "very nice guy."
"He's a fisherman," Alan said. "When I come home from work he always says hi to me and I say hi to him. Whenever he goes fishing, he catches fish and then he'll come by and drop it off."