Dozens of apartment homes were evacuated Thursday after a man was found collapsed in the street and suffering from a gunshot wound, officials with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department told NBC 7.
Deputies with high-powered rifles and several armored vehicles were outside the Windsor Manor Apartments on Knoll Road after the shooting was reported just before 9 a.m.
Officials cleared pedestrians from the nearby Home Depot parking lot and shut down traffic from West Mission to State Route 78 as they set up a search for a shooting suspect.
Deputies say they believe a man was shot inside his apartment and then staggered outside and collapsed in the street.
The man was discovered and transported to Palomar Hospital with what's described as non-life threatening injuries.
There were several cars stopped on the street with their doors open.
Deputies went through seven complex buildings, each containing dozens of apartment units, as they look for a suspect.
After a four-hour standoff, they cleared the scene.
Meantime, a 25-year-old man seeming to match the suspect's description was arrested around 1 p.m. in La Mesa on a parole violation.
The underlying crime? Illegal weapons possession. Investigators said they are looking into whether he was involved in this morning's shooting.
Check back for updates on this developing story.