Suspect Sought After 1 Killed, 1 Injured in National City Shooting

San Diego Animal Services picked up a pit bull from the scene, but officers did not confirm which victim owned the dog

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National City police are searching for the suspect responsible for a deadly double shooting that left one man dead and another injured early Monday.

Authorities received reports of the shooting at 1:42 a.m. Monday and responded to the area of East 22nd and Grove Streets, according to National City Police Department Capt. Alex Hernandez.

At the scene, police found a man at the intersection suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Medics attempted to revive the victim, but he died at the scene.

A second victim was found in the 2100 block of Grove Street with a gunshot wound to his leg. He was taken to an area hospital and his current condition is unknown.

Details on what led up to the incident are unclear, according to Hernandez. He said based on the proximity of where the victims were found, the department believes the two men knew each other.

Both were only identified as men in their mid-40s. The man who died would be identified by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office once family is notified, Hernandez said.

One neighbor told NBC 7 his wife heard the early morning gunfire and alerted him.

"She immediately thought it was gunshots," said Luis Aceves. "That's her first reaction — she thought it was gunshots. That alarmed her and she woke me up. I woke up startled and thought someone was trying to break in."

A 9-year-old boy also heard the gunfire but thought it was fireworks.

"I heard like a big scream and like at first I thought it was a firework and then I ran upstairs and told my mom, and then like I think I heard another one," Miguel Lopez said.

One man was killed and a second was injured in an overnight shooting in National City.

One man was shot near Lopez' school bus stop. He said knowing there was a shooting nearby left him feeling shaken and scared.

San Diego Animal Services picked up a pit bull from the scene, but officers did not confirm which victim owned the dog. A golf club was also found at the scene.

A detailed description of the shooter was not immediately available.

Anyone with information on the deadly shooting is encouraged to contact the National City Police Department at (619) 336-4411.

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