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Man Shot, Killed in Ramona; SWAT Called to Scene

Neighbors reported hearing multiple shots fired, authorities said

Homicide investigators have no leads in the killing of a Ramona man found fatally injured on the ground outside of his home Sunday. 

Two gunshots were heard around 8:30 p.m. in the area around the victim's home on Wood Rock Lane, east of Mussey Grade Road, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) said.

"We didn't think too much of it because once in a while in Ramona you'll hear somebody shoot at a coyote or something," Ramona resident Diane Rick said.

She lives approximately a quarter of a mile away from the victim's home.

When deputies arrived, they found a wounded man lying on the ground outside the home.

Medics treated the man at the scene, but he did not survive his traumatic injuries, SDSO Lt. Michael Belvins said. He was identified Tuesday as Ivan N. Nivinskus, 20, of Ramona.

The sheriff's department homicide detail canvassed the area all morning and still have no leads, no motive, no suspect description, and no one in custody.

One possible piece of evidence was found early Monday morning. Deputies towed away a pickup truck outside of the Ramona United Methodist Church which is a mile away from where the shooting happened. 

Detectives were looking for any possible witnesses Monday. SDSO's Homicide Detail asked anyone with information to contact (858) 974-2321 or (858) 565-5200. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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