A U.S. Marine is one of two men facing a first-degree murder charge after a fight led to a shooting outside a bar near Marine Corps Air Station Miramar over the weekend.
The U.S. Marine Corps confirmed suspect Damani Jerry Wiltshirebeal, 22, is a Marine with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3 MAW) stationed at MCAS Miramar. He has been active duty since Aug. 2017, Maj. Mason Englehart confirmed.
He and Samuel Victor Perez, 23, were arrested Saturday in connection with the deadly shooting of 37-year-old Kyle Delangel of National City. Both are being held at San Diego Central Jail awaiting arraignment.
San Diego police said Wiltshirebeal, Perez and Delangel were in an argument as the Off Base Bar on Miramar Road near Kearny Villa Road was closing early Saturday.
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As Wiltshirebeal and Perez were leaving, Delangel was struck by their car, a black Chevrolet, SDPD said. Delangel then approached the vehicle's driver's side and was shot. The vehicle took off.
Delangel was taken to Scripps La Jolla hospital and underwent emergency surgery, but he did not survive his injuries.
Family told NBC 7 on Monday that Delangel was a father of two daughters and a son, who are currently under the care of their grandparents.
A GoFundMe fundraiser for the Delangel family had raised more than its $10,000 goal in just one day. Supporters described Delangel as a loving father and a caring friend with a good sense of humor.
An investigation led police to homes in the Miramar area. Both suspects were arrested at their residences on Saturday, police said.
Both suspects were scheduled to be arraigned in Central Division Felony Court on Thursday.