An 87-year-old woman died and her 59-year-old daughter is in critical condition after a man stabbed them in their home in Mira Mesa Friday, Lieutenant Jud Campbell of the San Diego Police Department said.
The stabbing occurred in the 8600 block of Pagoda Way shortly before 3 p.m., according to Lt. Campbell. Officers arrived at the scene and found both women with apparent stab wounds.
Police confirmed the 87-year-old woman died at the scene and the 59-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital and is in critical condition.
A neighbor told NBC 7 that a third woman named Jessica, the daughter and granddaughter of the victims, was also in the home at the time of the incident.
The neighbor, who identified himself only as “Mike T” told NBC 7 Jessica escaped the home and fled to his house. That's when Mike called 911.
The suspect had blood on his pants and shoes as he left the house, according to Mike T. He said the man got in a dark grey Ford SUV with a Wyoming license plate and drove away. Police released a preliminary description of a possible suspect. He is described as a Hispanic or white man with a thin build, 6’0 to 6’3, and in his 40s or 50s. He was last seen wearing a maroon shirt and blue jeans, police said.
Police couldn’t say if there is a connection between the suspect and victims. The idea that this could be a random attack, as brutal as it was, in the middle of the afternoon was unsettling to neighbors.
“My parents’ house is super close to here so I wouldn’t expect this to ever happen here man," neighbor Matt Golchin told NBC 7.
The circumstances that led to the stabbings were unclear and the suspect is outstanding, Campbell said. Both victims have been identified but their names are not being released at this time.
The SDPD Homicide Investigation is handling the investigation.