A North Park man was taken into custody Friday, accused of shooting his neighbor in the shoulder with birdshot.
San Diego police were called to Louisiana and Landis streets after 4 a.m. where a man was making a commotion in his backyard.
The man's neighbor heard the noise and stepped outside to see what was going on.
“Unless you hear screams or something horrific going on, you don’t pay much attention,” Rob Wallace, a resident in the area, told NBC 7. “Always want to be observant.”
That's when the neighbor was shot in the shoulder with a shotgun loaded with small pellets used to scare birds.
The neighbor was rushed to a nearby hospital with what police described as a superficial injury.
Wallace said he hoped this was a singular incident in his community, a place he’s always considered safe.
“Well, there’s a lot of bars and stuff around and a lot of people doing drugs and stuff like that. It’s like my grandma would say – 4 o’clock in the morning, nothing good happens if you’re out. So, you just have to be careful,” Wallace said.
The suspect was taken into custody.
SDPD officials said the shotgun was retrieved by officers.