A man and a woman were taken into custody and another person was killed Monday morning after a multi-agency response following a shooting at Otay Ranch Town Center in Chula Vista.
Chula Vista police officers and Border Patrol agents responded to the Otay Ranch Town Center in Chula Vista where a shooting happened early Monday around 6:45 a.m.
Two men and woman attempted to rob the Apple Store in a "smash and grab" style, in which glass doors and windows are broken and merchandise is grabbed quickly, Chula Vista Police Department Capt. Gary Ficacci said.
The view from Sky10 showed that the main window of the Apple Store was shattered and glass is in front of the building.
A private armed security guard -- identified as former law enforcement officer Jose Jimenez -- interrupted the burglars, Ficacci said. Jimenez, 58, told police one of the men pulled a gun on him before he opened fire. Police said gunfire was exchanged inside and outside of the store.
Police estimated 40 rounds were spent in the shootout between the security guard and the burglars.
Despite some media reports, there were no AK-47s involved in the incident, police said.
The two men and their alleged female accomplice then got into a silver Acura that crashed while still inside the shopping center's parking lot, Ficacci said, noting that one of the men was driving and was killed after being struck in the head by a bullet that went through the passenger window. The deceased driver was identified on Tuesday as 23-year-old Alex Somphonh Choulamontry of National City.
According to Chula Vista police, Choulamontry had convictions for theft, possession of controlled substances, driving under the influence and false identification to a peace officer.
The man and woman who fled were taken into custody shortly after 8:00 a.m. at the Aristata at Winding Walk condominium unit development a couple of blocks east of the mall, near Dawn Crest Lane and Birch Road.
Haji Moradi said the man and woman approached him inside his garage.
"They were kind of shaken up and asked for some water," Moradi told reporters.
After giving the man a bottle of water, Moradi said he made another request.
"The guy was saying, 'Can you take me to the hospital?" said Moradi, who asked him what was wrong. "He said, 'I'm shot.'"
As the two spoke, Moradi's brother called 911. Police arrived shortly after and detained the pair.
Police identified the man as 25-year-old Johnny Chenda and the woman as 21-year-old Melissa Ortiz. Initial reports indicated Chenda was shot, but police told 10News he was injured as he attempted to leave the Apple Store.
"That's crazy. That's so scary. This is supposed to be a really upscale, comfortable neighborhood and for stuff like this to happen is just scary," said resident Janae Sergio.
The Otay Ranch Apple Store has been burglarized twice before, according to police. Because of a series of thefts, Apple now places armed security guards inside all its stores.
Police told 10News they will try to determine if the trio in Monday's attempted burglary is linked to other Apple Store burglaries, including one at the University Town Center last December.
10News traced the silver Acura to its owner in Riverside, who has a daughter living in Sabre Springs. She was crying when she answered the phone Monday afternoon, saying she had no idea why police were calling her or what happened with her parents' car.
An Internet search by 10News showed she may have ties to Chenda.
Several schools located near the mall were locked down for more than an hour because of the incident.
The security guard and a manager inside the Apple Store were not injured in the shooting.
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