Police: Woman shot dead in car near Westfield Mission Valley mall called 911; man rushed to hospital

SAN DIEGO - A woman was fatally shot in the head and a man critically wounded at a shopping mall in Mission Valley early Tuesday, police said. The woman was identified on Wednesday as Ilona Flint, 22, of San Diego.

Flint and the male victim, Salvatore Belvedere, 22, were found in a car parked across from Macy's Department Store in Westfield Mission Valley Mall on Camino Del Rio North around 1:30 a.m., according to San Diego police homicide Lt. Mike Hastings.

Officers were called to the mall by Flint, who dialed 911 and stated that she was shot near the mall but did not know exactly where she was, he said in a statement.

A short time later, officers located the victims and Flint was pronounced dead at the scene. Paramedics took Belvedere to Scripps Mercy Hospital, a San Diego fire-rescue dispatcher said.

Belvedere was also shot in the head, Hastings said, noting the wound was life-threatening. Belvedere remains in very critical condition.

The motive was under investigation. Macy's was open during the shooting, and investigators were looking for witnesses to help identify a possible suspect in the case.

Hastings described the possible suspect as a male of unknown race, around 5 feet 9 to 5 feet 11, last seen wearing tan pants and a shirt. He may have fled in dark gray 2008-2011 Honda sedan, according to the lieutenant.

Anyone with information about the early-morning shooting was asked to call the San Diego Police Department's Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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