For release on May 2, 2019
Marina Mankaryous, Deputy District Attorney
Violent Felonies Unit
SAN JOSE MAN CONVICTED OF RANDOM BLOSSOM HILL ROAD SHOOTINGS
A jury recently convicted a San Jose man of randomly shooting cars over a period of four months as they traveled down a South San Jose road after midnight. Two victims suffered minor injuries, including a driver who was grazed by a bullet.
Michael James Lewis, 33, will be sentenced for felony counts including assault with a semi-automatic weapon, shooting an occupied vehicle, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and evading an officer by the Hon. Julianne Sylva in Santa Clara County Superior Court in July. Lewis faces up to 54 years in prison.
“This is a frightening case of gun violence. Mr. Lewis used lethal force time and again to attack many innocent people,” prosecutor Marina Mankaryous said. “We are all fortunate for the great work of the San Jose Police, who found him before he killed someone.”
Between May 4, 2016 and August 5, 2016, the defendant shot at 11 drivers in moving cars on or near Blossom Hill Road, sewing fear in the neighborhood.
All the shootings occurred after midnight, leaving the single-occupancy cars with a single bullet hole on the drivers’ side. One driver – on his way to pick up his wife - was grazed by a bullet on his right bicep. A woman was hit in the head by a fragment of a bullet or glass.
After the last two shootings, police-deployed surveillance cameras identified a suspect vehicle: a dark Dodge Charger. Lewis was finally arrested on August 14, 2016, at approximately 2:30 AM on Blossom Hill Road, after a 7-mile, high-speed pursuit. When officers searched his home, they located ammunition and a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol that was later linked to five of the shootings.
After a month-long trial, the jury on April 22 convicted Lewis on 26 counts, but could not decide on attempted murder charges.