Multiple people were stabbed and at least one man is dead following a fight at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Spring Valley that involved knives and blunt objects, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO).
Deputies and officers from the La Mesa and El Cajon police departments, along with the California Highway Patrol, responded at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to the store at 948 Grand Avenue, where several other people were seen suffering from traumatic injuries, according to SDSO Lt. Thomas Seiver.
Authorities said it is unclear if the man who died was a victim or a suspect in the incident, but said he was deceased shortly after arriving at an area hospital. His name has not been released since investigators yet to alert his family.
SDSO said five other people were taken to three local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
More than 12 people were involved in the fight -- either by actively fighting or witnessing the confrontation -- and two people were arrested, Seiver said. Authorities would not release the names of those detained nor would they say what charges they are facing.
The immediate area has been shut down for the investigation. The scene extended to an apartment complex across the street from the convenience store. Seiver said he expects the area to reopen by about 3 p.m., but that could change.
It is unclear what caused the fight. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Homicide Unit at 858-285-6330. Anonymous tips can be made by contacting CrimeStoppers at 858-580-8477.