Victim in Palm City Motel Shooting ID'd

The victim was found at the EZ-8 Motel on Outer Road with several gunshot wounds to his upper body

The victim of a fatal Palm City motel shooting was identified Wednesday, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) confirmed.

Juan Miguel Diaz, 22, of San Diego, was found at the EZ-8 Motel Friday, May 27 on Outer Road just after 9 p.m. with several life-threatening gunshot wounds to his upper body.

Diaz was taken to the hospital where he died shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.

The suspect, 23-year-old Luis Avila of San Diego, was arrested and booked into the San Diego County Jail on one count of murder.

The investigation is ongoing. According to homicide detectives, several people were in the motel room at the time of the shooting.

Detectives believe some sort of argument took place between Avila and Diaz and Avila pulled out a gun and shot him. The men were acquaintances, police said.

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