Love Triangle at Center of Deadly Shooting: Neighbors

By Eric S. Page and Greg Bledsoe
|  Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010  |  Updated 11:47 PM PDT
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Love Triangle at Center of Deadly Shooting: Neighbors

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Love Triangle at Center of Deadly Shooting: Neighbors

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An ex-boyfriend opened fire inside a City Heights woman's home, killing another man before being shot and killed by San Diego police.

The two men -- who were 60 and 64 -- were both romantically involved at some point with the 50-year-old woman who lives in the ground floor apartment in the 4300 block of Winona Avenue, police said.

Homicide investigators say it was a man in his late 60's who had come to the apartment of an ex-girlfriend in her 50's. She was there with another man. Neighbors say they heard arguing. According to police, the ex-boyfriend then shot the other man.

The incident came to police attention at about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday after a shot was fired and the gunman called a third party and told that person he had shot someone, according to San Diego police Lt. Kevin Rooney.

The third party then called 911 operators, and officers quickly arrived at the scene.

Police moved quickly to evacuate the other residents of the small apartment complex. None was hurt in the shooting.

At some point after the officers arrived, the woman came out and spoke to police, then went back inside, Rooney said. Officers were then able to get her to answer the phone, and they were able to hear a man in the background, who, Rooney said, could be heard saying, "You're not leaving here."

At that point, a full SWAT activation was made, police said, but before the SWAT team could be deployed, the officers on the scene heard a shot and forced entry to the apartment. The police "engaged" the gunman, according to Rooney, and at least two officers fired at the suspect, who was hit.

The second man was found on the floor of the living room in house. It's not clear how many times he was shot. The woman was not injured.

Paramedics treated both men at the scene and they were taken to the hospital for treatment. Both men later died from their injuries.
Neither has been identified, police said.
 

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