Two people are in the hospital Sunday morning recovering from gunshot wounds, after a man allegedly walked up to them outside a Mira Mesa house and opened fire with a shotgun.
According to police, a 26-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man were standing in the driveway outside a house party in the cul-de-sac of Bellatrix Court near Menkar Road around 2:35 a.m. Sunday.
Police say the young woman was shot in the face and the man was shot in the back.
The gunman fired three rounds using birdshot as ammunition, which are tiny pellets typically used to hunt birds.
The less deadly bullets reduced the severity of the couple's wounds, but both victims were rushed to Scripps La Jolla with non-lifethreatening injuries, police said.
San Diego police Lt. David Rohowits said no suspect description was available, and the motive of the shooting was still unclear.
"We don't believe this was a random event," Rohowits said. "For some reason, either the occupants of the house or possibly even the two people in the driveway may have been targets, but we don't know why."
Because the shooting occurred in a dark cul-de-sac, the two victims did not see the gunman coming, police said.
"The assailant disappeared into the darkness before they could get a look at the suspect," Rohowits said.
No vehicles were reported leaving the scene after the shooting. The Gang Unit is investigating.
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