San Diego

Two Arrested in Pacific Beach Shooting Death; One Lived with Victim

The San Diego Police Department said the suspects fled the scene of the shooting on Wilbur Avenue in a stolen white Lexus SUV

Two people were arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of a man at a Pacific Beach home early Saturday morning, police said.

The shooting happened around 1:45 a.m. at a home in the 2300 block of Wilbur Avenue. The typically quiet neighborhood is located just off Soledad Mountain Road.

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) had been searching Saturday for three suspects who fled the scene of the shooting in a stolen SUV. Police asked the public to be on the lookout for a white 2015 Lexus RX350 with the license plate 7NWK357.

When officers arrived at the home, they discovered a 44-year-old man lying on the floor suffering from a gunshot wound. He was rushed to a local hospital but died at 2:30 a.m., police said.

Late Saturday afternoon, police arrested Paul Weinberger, 50, and Freddy Sosa, 37, in connection to the homicide, Lt. Matthew Dobbs said.

The two were initially considered "persons of interest" in the case.

Weinberger lives in the same house as the victim, Dobbs said. Police have not yet determined the motive for the shooting.

The third suspect was still outstanding.

Police said there were several other residents and people inside the home at the time of the shooting. Three suspects – all men described as being in their 20s to 30s – fled the scene in the white SUV, which belonged to one of the people who had been inside the home.

Dobbs said anyone who spotted the stolen vehicle should immediately call 911. The person inside the car was considered armed and dangerous.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on this case can call the SDPD Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

As residents woke up Saturday morning in the Pacific Beach neighborhood, many were shocked to see officers all over the street and even more surprised to learn what had happened at one of the homes along Wilbur Avenue.

“This is really new to me — it’s not like our neighborhood for something like this to happen,” resident Irene Jernegan told NBC 7.

The victim's identity is being withheld pending family notification.

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