Oceanside Child Describes Deadly Shooting

Mother and son heard gunshots around 8 p.m. on Olive Street in Oceanside

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    NBC 7's Candice Nguyen talks with Luis, 9, and his mother. The two were doing their laundry when they heard gunshots nearby.

    An Oceanside woman and her young son were on a trip to the laundromat when they witnessed a deadly shooting Tuesday.

    Veronica Torres and her 9-year-old son, Luis, were walking to get a cup of coffee when they heard gunshots around 8:15 p.m. on Olive Street.

    “We hear more than 8 bullets and then he was down on the floor with blood all over,” Luis Rincon said.

    “Once we heard the bullets, we just backed away across the street and we were over there watching everything.”

    The child described what he saw next - a family member of the victim "saying bad words" because the ambulance hadn't yet arrived.

    Oceanside homicide investigators say a 25-year-old man was transported to a hospital but later died as a result of his injuries.

    While police haven't released the victim's name, Torres and Rincon said they knew the man and his family.

    "My mom has bought him chips," Luis told NBC 7.

    The mother and son did not see the actual shooting, just heard the gunshots and saw the victim afterwards.

    Investigators believe the shooting may be gang-related.

    Torres said she’s lived in the neighborhood for 8 years and feels for the mother of the victim.

    “It’s dangerous when we walk around here to the store, to the laundry,” she said.

    She also said she is worried about the gang violence in the community.

    “I’m worried because we don’t know what happen in the future with my son. I’m worried for my son,” she said.

    Police said they don't have solid evidence on a motive and they're asking the public to call Detective LaVake at (760) 435-4872 with information regarding the shooting.

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