San Jose sideshow brings 500 citations, 7 arrests

San Jose police issued about 500 citations and recovered two firearms after shutting down sideshow Saturday night, authorities said.

More than 200 vehicles gathered near the East Alma Avenue and South 10th Street intersection at about 11 pm for what police described as a sideshow, the San Jose Police Department tweeted Sunday.

Law enforcement officials issued about 500 citations “for various violations, including spectating,” San Jose police said.

Police say they also arrested seven people on several weapons charges and recovered two firearms. Five vehicles were also towed, authorities said.

“We were prepared for a busy holiday weekend,” San Jose police tweeted. “We will continue to respond to this activity with available resources.”

San Jose police last reported responding to large sideshow events in April, when eight people were arrested, three cars were impounded and roughly 40 citations were issued.

There have been 37 traffic-related deaths in the city this year, with the most recent one occurring June 28, when police say a woman driving a sport utility vehicle struck a woman walking in a marked crosswalk. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation, police said. The injured pedestrian died at a local hospital.

Jessica Flores (she/her) is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: jessica.flores@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @jesssmflores

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