A man was fatally shot at close range by a semi-automatic assault rifle Saturday evening outside a fast food restaurant, authorities confirmed.
The shooting happened at around 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of a Carls' Jr. on Sweetwater Road in National City. The gunman fled the scene after fatally injuring a male victim.( Mon Mar 25 13:37:57 PDT 2013 $__output )
The victim was shot approximately 10 times from a distance of about 10 to 15 feet, according to Lt. Robert Rounds. When police arrived, the victim was lying on the ground in critical condition.
He was transported to UCSD Medical Center, but died a short time later.
Police immediately began searching the area for the suspect, who fled the parking lot in an orange and white 1970's Ford pickup truck.
Investigators roped off the parking lot in the Sweetwater Town and Country Shopping Center with crime scene tape as they canvassed the area for bullet casings.
Witnesses Muhammed Camran and Michael Ybarra told NBC 7 San Diego that they were right across the street at the time of the shooting, playing golf at a nearby golf course.
The sudden sounds of gunfire shocked both of them.
“We were over here at the golf course just hitting some balls and we hear a loud ‘boom.’ The first one was really distinctive like ‘boom-boom-boom-boom’ and we kind of ducked because it was out of nowhere,” recalled Camran.
A witness said he was going about his day when he heard shots fired.
“All of a sudden we heard all of the gunshot. Then I went out and thought it could have been someone's backfire from a truck, but I didn’t think that much, and then I looked further away and there was a guy just lying there,” he explained.
He said he saw the suspect speeding away in an orange and white truck.
“It had a little bit of speed on it and it went away a little quick, and that’s how I knew it was that truck that did the shooting,” he added.
Police say witnesses describe the suspect as a Hispanic male wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt. He was last seen driving east on Sweetwater Road in the distinctive truck.
The Medical Examiner later identified the shooting victim as 43-year-old National City resident Jesus Degalilea Pena.
The shooting suspect remains at large.
On Wednesday, Sgt. Matt Smith the the National City Police Department released a photo of the orange and white suspect pickup truck captured on surveillance video (see photo below).
Officials are asking anyone with information on this shooting to contact the police department.