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Teen, 14, Killed in Drive-By Shooting in Mount Hope: San Diego Police

Neighbors rushed to help the victim as he lay bleeding in the courtyard of an apartment complex on J Street

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A homicide investigation is underway in San Diego's Mountain View neighborhood after a teenager was shot and killed.

The shooting took place shortly after 4:15 on Monday afternoon in the 3500 block of J Street, less than half a block from the Mount Hope cemetery.

The slaying is being described by law enforcement as a drive-by shooting, with the killer believed to have been firing out of a large gray vehicle. Investigators haven't released any more details about suspects or a motive for the killing.

As the boy lay on the ground in the courtyard of the complex waiting for first responders, neighbors rushed to his aid.

"Just one pop. 'Pop!'" neighbor Timothy Gomez said describing what he heard. Gomez lives in the same complex as the teenage victim.

Other neighbors were jarred by the killing so close to home.

"It sucks that it happened in this neighborhood," another neighbor named Sarah said. " It sucks. It sucks. It's unfortunate and I don't know what we can do as a community to mitigate that. Something needs to happen."

"It's not something that just happens on TV," Greg Perello added. "It's sad."

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