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San Diego Man, 27, ID'd as Victim in East Village Shooting

A San Diego man was killed in a shooting in the East Village Monday night, prompting an hours-long investigation and a search for the killer.

Julius Davis, 27, was walking along 17th Street near Island Avenue and Interstate 5 at about 10:30 p.m. when another man walked up to him and shot him, the San Diego Police Department said.

Witnesses in the area called 911 after hearing between six to eight shots fired.

Two of those shots struck Davis -- one in the left arm and another in the hip. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead before 7 a.m. Tuesday, SDPD confirmed.

The suspect took off in a black sedan after the shooting and has not been located, police said. Witnesses told investigators the man was wearing dark clothing, possibly a hooded sweatshirt. No further description was available.

Officers could be seen combing the area for more than eight hours. Crime scene tape lined 17th street, blocking off an entire intersection for the investigation.

Maria Rodriguez has lived in the area for 40 years, and she told NBC 7 the gunshots don’t surprise her.

“I heard four gunshots, but it happens. Not all the time but sometimes,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez’ daughter was visiting her mother when she saw a large police presence and became worried.

“I was scared, and I worry about my mom,” Morales said. “She is old -- and thank God she does not go outside often.”

Other neighbors told NBC 7

SDPD said they were also searching for surveillance video that may have captured the act.

Police do not believe there is a gang connection to the shooting.

Davis's family gathered at the scene of the shooting Tuesday afternoon to remember their lost loved one. They told NBC 7 that Davis was a loving and giving family man with two young daughters, and said they were confused about why the deadly shooting happened.

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