Gaslamp Quarter

Man Killed Outside Gaslamp Bar, Gunman Sought: SDPD

Investigators are looking at the possibility that the violence may have stemmed from an argument between two large groups

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San Diego police are searching for the gunman who shot and killed a man overnight outside a Gaslamp Quarter bar, the department said.

The violence was reported just before 2 a.m. Monday on the 500 block of Island Avenue when shots were fired outside a business. Upon arrival, officers found bystanders rendering aid to the shooting victim on the sidewalk before they took over.

The victim suffered injuries to his upper body and was taken to an area hospital, where he later died. Investigators believe the victim may have been involved in a fight at the scene, which may have led to the shooting. Witness reported the same.

“There was a big group of people. I guess an altercation went down,” said Austin Arroyo, who witnessed the shooting. “I heard four gunshots, and everybody started running. I saw a guy fall on the ground. I started running towards him.”

Police said the shooter was last seen jumping into a car that was traveling on the wrong side of the road of Fifth Avenue. He was last seen wearing gray shorts and did not have a shirt on. The only description available for the car involved in the homicide is that it was a four-door sedan.

The identity of the deceased has not been released, but SDPD described him as a man between the age of 25 to 30 years old.

San Diego police are also investigating a second shooting in the Gaslamp overnight. A spokesperson said shots were fired from a vehicle and no one was struck. The car was pulled over an arrest was made. No other information was immediately available.

The investigation into the fatal shooting is ongoing. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact SDPD's Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293. Anonymous tips can be made by contact Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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