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Video Shows Suspects Shoot, Leave Teen for Dead in Bay Terraces

Surveillance video obtained exclusively by NBC 7 could help police catch the people who left a teenager for dead on a sidewalk Friday morning in Bay Terraces.

The victim, identified by his family as 19-year-old Isaiah Garcia, was found face down on a sidewalk in a residential area just northwest of the Briarwood exit from State Route 54.

San Diego police and emergency personnel were called to the corner of Spring Oak Way and Alsacia Street just after midnight. A man walked out of his home to get into his car and spotted the victim, police said. Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene.

Surveillance video shows a dark-colored sedan pass by Garcia at the corner where he was found, then turn left the next block down on Greenview Road and stop.

Three passengers in dark clothing exited the vehicle and ran towards Garcia. They surrounded him and appeared to engage in a verbal confrontation. At times, one suspect leaned forward as if to taunt the teen.

After about a minute, the suspects begin to back away. One appears to raise his hand toward the victim and a gunshot is fired.

Garcia is seen sprinting across the street at full speed away from the group and more gunshots followed.

The man who found Garcia injured on the ground told police he heard several gunshots around 11 - 11:30 p.m.

Another neighbor told NBC 7 he, too, heard shots around the same time.

"I heard bang bang. Then seconds pass. Then bang bang bang. After that no more," the man said.

Garcia's grandfather stopped by the scene fo the shooting Friday evening to say a prayer for his lost boy.

"I can't see nobody wanting him dead. He's a good kid," Bryan Willis said.

Officers found a skateboard near Garcia's body but at the time weren't sure if it belonged to him. Willis said he gave the board to his grandson last week. When he saw it on TV during news coverage of the shooting, he knew just who the victim was.

Willis said his grandson had ambitions for a better life.

"Last week we talked. He said he wanted to get his act together and become somebody," he said.

Willis said the teenager lived with his aunt about four blocks away from where he was shot dead. His mother lives in the neighborhood, too, Willis said.

Surveillance video shows the suspects flee toward their car and drive off, but at this point, police have not said if they have any leads that point to who they could be.

SDPD has a copy of the same video, and an SDPD Lieutenant told NBC 7 earlier in the day that detectives were going door-to-door asking if neihgbors had additional camera footage.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (858) 580-8477.

San Diego Councilmember Monica Montgomery, representing District Four, issued the following statement regarding recent violence in the area.

"Last month, we saw an increase in gun violence in our community. This week alone, two young men were shot and killed in District Four. My office has been in constant contact with the San Diego Police Department and investigations are ongoing. I am taking a strong stand against gun violence in our community, and my desire is for our community to remain safe -every street and every neighborhood. We will continue to work with the Mayor's Office, the San Diego Police Department and the community to make sure that we truly have a city that is safe for all."

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