1 Killed in Palm City Motel Room Shooting

Shots were fired Friday night inside a room at an EZ-8 motel in Palm City

A 22-year-old man died overnight after being shot multiple times inside a motel room in San Diego’s Palm City area, homicide detectives confirmed.

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said officers were called to the EZ-8 Motel at 1010 Outer Road just before 9 p.m. Friday to investigate reports of gunfire.

When officers arrived, they discovered a man had been shot several times inside one of the hotel rooms, and was suffering from multiple life-threatening wounds to his upper body.

The victim was taken to a local hospital but he died just before 1 a.m. Saturday, police said. His name was not immediately released.

At the scene, police arrested Luis Avila, 23, as the suspect in the shooting. Avila was booked into San Diego Central Jail and will face one count of murder, the SDPD said.

The investigation is ongoing. According to homicide detectives, several people were in the motel room at the time of the shooting.

Detectives believe some sort of argument took place between Avila and the victim and Avila pulled out a gun and shot the victim. The men were acquaintances, police said.

Anyone with information on this case can reach out to the SDPD’s Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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