Suspect Surrenders to SWAT Team in Chula Vista

A SWAT team arrested a suspected shooter who refused to come out of his Chula Vista condo after witnesses say he shot at a building, police say.

The incident started at 4:02 p.m., when officers got a report that a man was shooting into a home in the 1500 block of Oleander Avenue. Witnesses told officials that the shooter had an AR-15 type of weapon.

"I was sitting in the front yard, and a bunch of gunshots went off. Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, really loud," said Suzi Schutzman, who lives about five doors down. No one inside the home was injured, according to Chula Vista Police Capt. Vern Sallee.

The suspect then returned to his condo in the 1500 block of Brandywine Avenue, which sits near Olympic Parkway.

Officers shut down eastbound Olympic Parkway at I-805 as they called in a SWAT team and crisis negotiators. 

Family members were in the condo with the suspect, but they left before police arrived. They later told officers the man was suicidal, alone in the home with a rifle and pistol, Sallee said.

A negotiator was able to get the man on the phone, and after a half an hour, the negotiator talked the suspect into surrendering.

At 6:20 p.m., he was taken into custody.

Schutzman told NBC 7 she rushed over to the damaged house to see if anyone was injured. She saw a woman badly shaken up.

"The windows were shot, the upstairs of the house was shot. Big holes, big holes, and then bullet casings all over their driveway," said Schutzman.

She was relieved to find no one hurt.

Another neighbor who spoke to those inside the home said the victim knows the alleged shooter and considers him a friend.

A motive for the shooting has not been released.

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