A shocked silence settled over Pardee Court Friday, less than 24 hours after one family member died at the hands of another in a shooting that Fremont police are treating like a case of self-defense.
Friday morning police said they had released the 27-year-old man who turned himself in two hours after shooting a 48-year-old relative at 5:25 p.m. Thursday.
"This appears as though it my have been a case of self defense," said Fremont detective Bill Veteran.
Police, who were conferring with the district attorney Friday afternoon, said they would have no further comment until Monday.
At Pardee Court on Friday, family members could be seen grieving, with neighbors shielding them from outsiders.
"No crime has been committed here," one neighbor told Patch.
The shooting occurred in a quiet cul-de-sac not far from the Fremont Hub.
The neighborhood around the Hub is full of well-tended homes with carefully-maintained gardens.
Pardee Court looks a little tired compared to its surrounding streets. More of its homes need paint. In one driveway a car is up on jacks. In another a giant car battery sits outside a garage door.
But it feels like a neighborhood. On one lawn, a child's pink bicycle lays on its side; the court must be a great place to ride, protected from the traffic flowing nearby.
Pardee Court was quiet Friday. Those who weren't at work mainly stayed inside.
One man who had been outside talking on the phone listened to a visiting reporter. Residents a little further away had shared rumors of what had led up to the fatal shooting. Were they true?
But the Pardee Court neighbor was tight-lipped.
"I've known him like a brother for 18 years," the young man said in an apparent reference to the shooter. "I'm not at liberty to say anything."