One woman was killed and seven other people were injured Sunday in a shooting at the pool area of a San Diego apartment complex where people were attending a birthday party, police confirmed.
San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said the shooting took place shortly after 6 p.m. at the La Jolla Crossroads apartment complex. Three officers shot and killed the suspect after he pointed a gun at them, Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman identified the suspect as 49-year-old Peter Selis, who police believe lived at the complex located on Judicial Drive west of Interstate 805.
The police chief said seven adults were taken to area hospitals with gunshot wounds. One woman died of her injuries and several others remain in critical condition, according to Zimmerman, who did not identify the victims.
A man broke his arm while fleeing and went to a hospital as well, Zimmerman said.
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A motive for the shooting has not been established, the police chief said.
“Somebody opened fire,” witness Lauren Seed, who was clearly shaken, told NBC 7. “Six or seven shots were fired at the pool. We got down, we closed the windows and then about a minute later, six or seven more shots, lots of screaming, lots of people screaming.”
Seed said the screaming continued for around 10 minutes.
“From the screams, you could hear that somebody or multiple people were hit,” Seed said. She could see people on the balconies yelling and ducking for cover.
A second witness, who was at the pool, told NBC 7 the suspect walked into the pool area where friends were celebrating one of the tenants’ 50th birthday.
The witness said the tenant who was celebrating his birthday walked up to the shooter, who seemed to be acting strangely. When he invited the suspect to join the celebration, the suspect lifted up his shirt, took out the gun and shot him in the stomach. He continued shooting people until he was out of bullets, according to the witness.
“Then we saw literally the people jumping out from the pool… and running like crazy,” another witness told NBC 7.
“I heard people screaming,” said a fourth witness, who lives at the apartment complex and did not wish to be identified. The man said his fianceé is a nurse and they both ran down to see if they could help.
“If you look close enough you can see blood on the pavement,” he told NBC 7.
The man said when they heard more gunshots he and his fiancée ran into the clubhouse to hide.
“From the clubhouse, there’s a view of the pool area where we could see the shooter sitting there with a beer in one hand and the gun in the other. He looked pretty relaxed,” he said.
A fifth witness described the suspect as calm and said he had a smirk on his face during the shooting.
A woman who was in the pool area at the time of the shooting said she was able to get away from the shooter while he was reloading his gun.
A reunification center has been established at the northwest corner of Judicial Drive and Golden Haven, according to police.
(H/T NBC 7 San Diego)