‘Covered in Blood': 1 Dead in University Heights Fight

San Diego police said a witness heard two people fighting in an apartment on Howard Avenue at around 3:50 a.m. Thursday

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A man died Thursday after getting into a fight with another man in San Diego’s University Heights area. A second, bloodied man was taken to a local hospital, police said.

San Diego Police Department Lt. Matt Dobbs said a woman called 911 at around 3:50 a.m. from inside an apartment complex on the 2100 block of Howard Avenue, just east of Florida Street. She told the dispatcher she could hear and argument and what sounded like a fight coming from inside her neighbor’s apartment.

The woman said the fight escalated.

Dobbs said the caller reported seeing a man “covered in blood” exit the apartment. The caller and her son went to the apartment next door to check on their neighbor and there, they found a man on the ground.

He was suffering from trauma to his upper body, Dobbs said.

The witnesses tried to give the man CPR until medics arrived. However, the man could not survive his wounds.

Dobbs said the man who died was 56 years old; his name has not yet been released.

As medics tended to the man, police said a second man “covered in blood” approached officers at the scene and asked for help.

Dobbs said this second man is the man investigators believe the caller saw leaving her neighbor’s apartment.

The bloodied man had suffered “several sharp force injuries,” police said, and he was taken to a local hospital. He is expected to recover.

SDPD’s homicide detectives are handling the case and remained at the scene well into Thursday morning, gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses.

Dobbs said the relationship between the two men is unknown. Detectives do not believe there are any outstanding suspects.

Both men have been identified by police, but their names aren’t being released just yet. The man who walked out of the apartment is 22 years old, police said. The investigation is ongoing; anyone with information on the case can call the SDPD Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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