A woman was killed and three people were wounded in a drive-by shooting at a La Jolla house party Sunday, according to the San Diego Police Department.
The four victims were standing outside of a home on Cuvier Street at 12:30 a.m. when a light-colored car pulled up and a suspect opened fire, police confirmed.
"We were awoken to what sounded like a car backfiring," said Michelle Carcel, who lives right above where the party happened.
SDPD officers responded to the scene and found a 20-year-old woman, later identified as Nina Silver, with gunshot wounds to her upper body. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she later died.
A Poway Unified School District official confirmed Silver was a 2017 graduate of Poway High School.
“This happens in every community, and it’s always tragic when it happens,” said Amie Zamudio, who lives in La Jolla. “We need to realize that yes, we live here in La Jolla, but this is happening all over San Diego, and we need to be compassionate.”
A 23-year-old man and two 19-year-old men were also taken to hospitals with gunshot wounds to their upper bodies, SDPD Lt. Anthony Dupree told NBC 7. The 23-year-old remains in serious condition.
“Law and order -- I want that. I don’t want this happening in my neighborhood,” said resident Steve Edwards. “It is a terrible thing.”
Pearl Street, which intersects Cuvier Street, was closed as SDPD continued to investigate.
Edwards told NBC 7 he had difficulties getting to church due to the road closures and detoured bus routes.
Officers did not release a description of the alleged shooter, though SDPD said the car may have been a light-colored sedan.
Police stopped a vehicle in Torrey Pines to question potential suspects, SDPD told NBC 7.
Silver's sister created a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of her funeral services. Within 24 hours, more than $2,600 was raised.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.