It was a chaotic scene at a poolside birthday party at the La Jolla Crossroads Apartments, a luxury apartment complex in San Diego, California as a gunman opened fire on party-goers with a handgun in one hand and a beer in his other hand.
In total, seven people were shot, and one of those people has died.
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According to a report from the Daily Mail:
Local police arrived to the scene around 6:10pm local time, near the La Jolla Crossroads Apartments at Judicial Drive and Sydney Court in San Diego, California.
Police said there was no further threat after the suspect, later identified as Peter Selis, 49, was shot dead and eight victims were taken to local hospitals, with several in critical condition. Selis is a service technician at a Ford dealership, and filed for bankruptcy in 2015. He is a father of two and also has a step-son.
Seven people were shot and the eighth victim broke his arm as he was fleeing from the chaotic scene at the apartment pool, which is less than four miles from the University of California, San Diego, and near the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
When police arrived, it Selis pointed a semi-automatic firearm at the officers, who responded by shooting him dead.
According to a witness account from Fox 5: “We looked at the pool area where the shooter was sitting there with a beer in one hand and a gun in the other. The suspect looked pretty relaxed, pretty relaxed.”
The party was a 50th birthday party for a resident of the apartment complex. Just before the shooting started, the host of the party reportedly offered Selis some food and drink.
Another witness gave an account to San Diego Union Tribune of helping one of the wounded: ‘He was just laying there, and just the look in his eyes — sheer terror. I threw my phone down. I just picked him up and I just carried him. I basically ran as fast as I could with him in my arms.’
‘It was like a war zone or something. There would be three or four shots, a pause and then more shots. I was trying to count them. I counted 30 or 40.’
“This is truly a horrific act of violence that took place here today,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “Our entire city, all of our thoughts and prayers, all San Diegans’ thoughts and prayers, are with the victims and their families tonight.”
Some have suggested the incident may have been racially motivated and possibly even a hate crime, as the suspect was a white male while all of the victims were minorities.