SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — The San Jose Police Department is searching for any information in the killing of a Safeway employee that took place early Sunday morning inside the store.

At around 3:35a.m. on Sunday, officers arrived at the 1500 block of Hamilton Ave. and found an adult man with a gunshot wound. The man was later pronounced dead at the scene. Law enforcement has yet to officially identify the man but a statement from Safeway identified him as Manny Huizar.

Through investigation officers learned that the adult male suspect and the victim of the gunshot wound, a Safeway employee, reportedly had a disagreement before the shooting took place. The motive and other circumstances of this incident are still under investigation, and the suspect remains at large and unidentified.

According to police this is the 14th homicide in San Jose this year.

Police confirmed to KRON4 early Monday that the shooting occurred inside the store. A news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Safeway released a statement to KRON4 on the death of the employee, and gave his name in the statement:

Safeway is mourning the tragic loss of Manny Huizar.  We’re deeply saddened by this tragic incident.  Our hearts are heavy, and our thoughts are with Manny’s family. We are sending our deepest and heartfelt condolences to them. As our company grieves, we will continue to work with the San Jose Police Department to assist them in every possible way as they investigate this terrible crime.


Huizar was identified as a former student at San Jose State University. In a statement provided to KRON4, an SJSU representative said “our condolences go out to the family and friends of Manuel Huizar Cornejo, a former student at San José State University. His death is a heartbreaking loss for the SJSU community.”

Earlier on Sunday, KRON4 reported on the city’s 13th homicide. If you have any information please contact Detective Sergeant Hamblin #3600 or Detective Valosek #4245 of the San José Police Department’s Homicide unit at 408-277-5283, or via email: and/or

Tips can be submitted anonymously using the P3TIPS mobile app, calling the tip line (408) 947-STOP, or visiting The Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers program is providing a cash reward to anyone who submits a tip that leads to an arrest in this case.