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Woman Killed After Fight at Vista Strip Mall, Investigation Launched

The victim was found at the scene with signs of trauma to her upper torso and paramedics took her to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead

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A woman died after an altercation at a strip mall in Vista, prompting homicide detectives to launch an investigation Wednesday evening.

Deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department responded at 8 p.m. to a call of an altercation at a strip mall off South Santa Fe Avenue, Lt. Chris Steffen said. Several people inside a restaurant and in the parking lot just outside told detectives they witnessed the fight and were aiding in the investigation.

"There was an argument of some sort in the parking lot that we're starting to get information on," Steffan said. "With who, we're not sure yet. What started that argument, the motivation behind the argument, we don't have any of that information just yet."

Steffen added that the case "could have some domestic ties to it if there's a relationship between the victim and the suspect."

The victim, who deputies estimate was between 30 to 35 years old, was found at the scene with multiple wounds to her upper body, SDSO said.

"We don't know what [weapon] was used, but there were multiple wounds to her upper torso," Steffen said.

Paramedics took her to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. No arrests have been made,

"Nothing has been confirmed on a suspect just yet. There was a Hispanic male with her. He's approximately 38-45 years of age but we haven't determined his role in this incident," Steffen said.

Anyone with information about this investigation was asked to call the department's Homicide Unit at 858-285-6330 or after hours at 858-565-5200. Those who want to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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