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Barbershop Owner Expected to Recover From Gunshot Wound

The suspect who shot a National City barbershop owner Wednesday night was identified Thursday as 44-year-old Peter Burgos, police said.  

David Martinez was found with a gunshot wound outside the King of Fades barbershop in the 300 block of Highland Avenue just after 7:30 p.m. He is expected to recover though it may be months before he can walk again, his family said. 

Officers heard the gunshots and — as they approached the spot where David Martinez was lying on the ground — witnessed a person running from the scene and a gun on the ground, the National City Police Department (NCPD) said. 

The man who ran from the scene, later identified as Burgos,  was taken into custody, according to the National City Police Department.

Martinez was alert and talking when officers took him to UC San Diego Medical Center where he had surgery to remove the bullet.

He also sustained a broken pelvis and doctors said it could be weeks or even months before he can walk again, his sister, Amarlis Martinez, told NBC 7. 

Investigators believe the shooting stemmed from an incident inside the King of Fades barbershop, where Martinez was an owner but did not provide any further details.

Amarlis Martinez said her brother described the gunman coming into the shop asking for service when he immediately pulled out a gun. 

David Martinez ran out of the shop but was followed into the street where he was shot, she said.

David Martinez begged the suspect not kill him, Amarlis Martinez said.

As David Martinez lied on the ground, the shooter fired another round, missing him, before taking off, according to the sister. 

His family has set up a GoFundMe page to help recover his medical costs.

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