San Diego

Shooter in Custody for Attacking Fellow Employee in Carmel Mountain Ranch

A few employees were able to take the shooter down

A man was arrested at a business in Carmel Mountain Ranch Tuesday after he allegedly shot a fellow employee at the workplace, police said.

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said an employee at the Phamatech business in the 15000 block of Innovation Drive was arguing with a fellow employee around 1:45 p.m. when he shot the victim in the head.

An employee was able to take the shooter down in the back of the building, police said. Another employee kicked the gun away.

Police said the gunman was already tied up by coworkers by the time officers arrived.

The building is still taped off. Staff members were held inside for questioning until around 4:30 p.m.

"It's kinda scary thinking about someone coming in and trying to shoot someone from work," said Hussein Alsawad, an employee who works at the Phamatech. "I thought it was really safe until now."

Surveillance footage shows the suspected gunman.

Paramedics were requested at the scene for one patient. Police said the victim is in critical condition but was speaking and conscious before being taken to the hospital.

When asked about the work environment, Alsawad said most of his coworkers are pleasant and relaxed, making the shooting difficult to foresee.

“It’s pretty chill. Everyone’s really friendly in there, so something wasn’t expected to happen," said Alsawad.

The suspect drove a brand new Black Ford Escape with no license plate. Uber and Lyft stickers were visible on the windshield.

An investigation is underway, according to police.

No other information was immediately available.

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