City officials and law enforcement condemned the deadly shooting at the La Jolla Crossroads apartment complex, and expressed their condolences for the victims Monday.
"This was a truly horrific and disturbing act. We pray for the victims and thank our first responders," said Mayor Kevin Faulconer, in a statement. "Our city rejects this senseless violence."
"My condolences to the family and friends of the woman killed in the senseless shooting in University City," said City Council President Myrtle Cole, in a statement. "I pray for healing of all the injured."
"It's especially awful to think that such a brutal attack can happen at a birthday party in the heart of our community. This is a tragic reminder that even a city as prosperous and peaceful as San Diego is not immune to senseless acts of violence such as this," said U.S. Congressman Scott Peters, in a statement.
"The true spirit of San Diego is reflected not in this attack, but in what followed: brave police officers and first responders swiftly confronting danger to prevent further tragedy, friends and neighbors coming to each other's aid. That is the San Diego that I know and love," continued Peters' statement.
"As a mother and a grandmother, I cannot think of anything more devastating than losing a loved one to senseless gun violence. I offer my deepest condolences to the family of the victim who passed away as a result of yesterday's shooting at La Jolla Crossroads. I am sending thoughts and prayers to the other victims currently receiving medical care," said City Councilmember Barbara Bry.
"Public safety is the number one responsibility of local government, and as a Councilmember and chair of the Budget Committee, I will work with my colleagues to ensure that our public safety personnel has the resources it needs to keep our community safe," said Bry.
"I am still in shock that a shooting of this magnitude happened right here in San Diego, and there are many unanswered questions. The SDPD is continuing its thorough investigation, and my office is here as a resource to them and to the constituents of my district as we grapple with this tragedy," continued Bry.
"All of our thoughts and prayers at the SDPD are with the victims, their families and everyone affected by this terrible crime," said Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman.
"A terrible act of violence in our city today. Thankful for the SDPD and SDFD who rushed to the aid of victims," said SDFD Chief Brian Fennessy, in a statement.
The gunman involved in the mass shooting called his ex-girlfriend after the shooting began. One woman was killed and seven were injured, and several of the victims were rushed to the hospital.