Dead Body Discovered on Sidewalk: Cops

Officers discovered the body in Paradise Hills Saturday morning

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    Police discovered a dead body lying on a sidewalk in Paradise Hills Saturday. NBC 7's Todd Strain speaks to residents who are concerned with safety in their neighborhood. (Published Sunday, Jul 15, 2012)

    Police discovered a dead body on the sidewalk in Paradise Hills early Saturday morning.

    According to authorities, the discovery was made around 6 a.m. in the 2600 block of Reo Drive.

    Dead Body Discovered in Paradise Hills

    [DGO] Dead Body Discovered in Paradise Hills
    Police discovered a dead body lying on a sidewalk in Paradise Hills Saturday. NBC 7's Todd Strain speaks to residents who are concerned with safety in their neighborhood. (Published Sunday, Jul 15, 2012)

    A 911 call from a citizen driving past the area tipped police to the scene. When officers arrived, they found the body of a dead Hispanic male in his 20s face down on the ground.

    Police said the body had several gunshot wounds.

    Witness Melanie Ozuna, who lives in the Paradise Hills neighborhood, told NBC 7 San Diego she heard the sound of several gunshots Saturday morning.

    “I was sleeping then all of a sudden [I heard] three or four shots really quick,” recalled Ozuna.

    For concerned Paradise Hills residents like Ozuna, the incident is frightening, especially since the area where the body was discovered is within 150 yards of a community playground, a public library and two churches.

    "This place is not as safe as it was before; kids come here every day walking, it’s not that safe anymore," said Ozuna.

    Police have yet to release the name of the shooting victim. Homicide units are investigating the death.

    Check back for updates.

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