The San Diego Police Department is investigating the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy in the Bay Terraces neighborhood.
Shots rang out just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on South Meadowbrook Drive north of Paradise Valley Road, where authorities found the boy suffering from at least one gunshot wound to his upper body in the parking lot of an apartment complex.
Police officers performed CPR on the teen until San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel arrived and took over. The fatal victim was then taken to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
A second teenager, a 14-year-old boy, came forward with unspecified injuries and was also hospitalized. His wounds were described as non-life threatening and he is expected to recover, authorities said.
Both victims have been identified but their names are not being released at this time, SDPD said.
"It is early in the investigation and little is known about the circumstances surrounding the male’s death," SDPD said in a statement.
A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, told NBC 7 she heard at least five gunshots. She recalled the tragic reaction from the boys' loved ones and neighbors.
“It’s really sad, considering how young they were," she said. "I was there and we all kind of heard that somebody had died at the scene. When it was announced, everyone…a lot of the family and the friends, I could tell, were really upset and sad and angry and just yelling and wailing. Everyone, even people who didn’t know who had been injured were crying because it was just such a sad event.”
Another witness, who was visiting the neighborhood at the time, said they saw the body lying near the staircase of an apartment complex on South Meadowbrook Drive. The witness said the police activity had blocked off her car and she had to take a rideshare to work.
Another woman visiting the area didn't see the shooting but knew something was wrong because of how many police cars had responded.
"It's just shocking. There are no other words for it, you know? You don't really come across this many cop cars in one day. My uncle made a reference earlier that the whole department was out here, and that's just crazy to think about. This is a lot of cop cars. This is more than I've ever seen in my entire life. This is really crazy," she said.
Police added that a group of boys were playing basketball in the apartment complex's courtyard when neighbors heard gunfire. The group scattered and the fatally injured teen was taken away from the area and to the parking lot.
A large crowd gathered near the scene of the shooting after gunfire erupted but eventually dispersed, according to SDPD.
A description of a possible suspect was not immediately available.
It is unclear what led up to the shooting. SDPD's Homicide Unit is investigating.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293. Anonymous tips can be made by contacting CrimeStoppers at (888) 580-8477.