Blood splatters remain on a sidewalk outside a Pacific Beach bar where a woman was shot early Monday morning. Police said someone shot into a crowd of people, hitting the innocent bystander. NBC 7’s Greg Bledsoe reports.
A woman was caught in the crossfire when someone opened fire just as a popular bar in a beach town north of San Diego was emptying out Monday.
San Diego police were called to Hornblend and Cass streets in the heart of Pacific Beach after a shooting outside Bar West.
A few minutes after 2 a.m., there was a fight in a parking lot across the street from the bar. One of the people involved in the fight fired multiple shots, at least three according to police.
There were about 20 people in the parking lot at the time, many of them customers from Bar West.
A woman who happened to be in the area but not involved in the fight was hit. She was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police say they're still looking for the person or people involved in the fight.
There is surveillance video from the bar but they're not sure yet whether it captured anything relevant.
Given the number of people in the area, Lt. Matt Novak said others could have been easily caught in the crossfire.
“I think we’re lucky based on the fact that there were crowds out and it was bar break time that no one else was hit,” said Novak.
Police impounded one car at the scene because it had a bullet hole.
Three weeks ago, a 26-year-old man was fatally injured in a fight outside the Tavern at the Beach bar.
Steven Kyle Wood and his roommate were walking home from the bar around 2 a.m. when someone walked up behind Wood and hit him in the back of the head, police said.
Wood never regained consciousness and died five days later.
With these and other instances of violence, Pacific Beach Randall Zorn said he's starting to worry about his neighborhood.
"It just seems progressively worse, you know, the kids just getting drunk out at the bars," Zorn said, "and they don't even know why they're hitting people, getting into fights. I remember a couple of years ago someone got stabbed down the street."