20-Year-Old Suspect Charged in Lincoln Park Murder

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    NBC 7 San Diego
    The scene of the fatal shooting in Lincoln Park Thursday afternoon.

    A 20-year-old suspect has been arrested and charged in the fatal shooting a man in Lincoln Park, investigators confirmed Thursday.

    Suspect Aron Franklin was arrested Saturday evening in Mountain View for his alleged involvement in the shooting death of another 20-year-old man.

    On Jan. 3, at around 2:45 p.m., police responded to reports of shots fired at the 200 block of 50th Street and Imperial Avenue in Lincoln Park. When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered a male victim lying in a walkway inside the common area of an apartment complex.

    The man – now identified by police as Julius Batiste -- suffered at least one fatal gunshot wound. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

    Police said a preliminary investigation revealed Batiste and several other people were standing and talking at the apartment complex when the shooting happened. Witnesses told police they saw several individuals run from the scene after shots were fired.

    Police detained at least one female subject across the street from the shooting, at 220 Euclid Ave. SDPD later said the woman was not associated with the shooting. 

    One week later, police announced Franklin had been identified as the suspect in the shooting early in the investigation. He was booked into jail on an unrelated charge as the homicide investigation continued this week.

    On Thursday afternoon, he was charged with one count of murder.

    Franklin is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

    This story was originally published on January 10.