Man shot to death in Imperial Beach apartment

Shooting occurred in 300 block of Caspian Way

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. -  A 24-year-old San Diego woman was jailed Wednesday in connection with the death of an ex-lover inside an Imperial Beach apartment, authorities said.

Vegas Batallya Bray was arrested and booked into the Las Colinas women's jail on suspicion of murder at 12:38 a.m., according to jail records.

Around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, deputies responding to reports of gunfire found a man dead inside apartment No. 6 at 361 Caspian Way, San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said.

Bray had a past romantic relationship with the victim and is suspected of killing him, the homicide lieutenant said in a statement. Authorities did not immediately release the alleged motive.

The cause and manner of death, along with the victim's name, will be released by the Medical Examiner's Office at a later date, Giannantonio said.

Neighbors said they heard as many as ten shots.

"I just heard gunshots," said neighbor Lindsay Barclay, who lives a few doors away from where the shots were fired at the Mariner's Point apartments. "There was like probably four and then there was maybe 30 seconds to a minute in between and there was another three to four."

Neighbor Greg Davis said he heard the same thing.

"It was six shots in succession," he said.

Davis said there was a long pause before more shots were fired.

"Then I heard around two or three shots in succession and then maybe a couple minutes later I heard one shot," he added.

Inside apartment No. 6, deputies found a man in his 30s dead from multiple gunshots.

Bray was spotted coming out of the apartment crying after the gunfire.

Authorities initially called her a witness but later arrested her.

"They arrested Vegas Bray," said San Diego Sheriff's Lt. Glenn Giannantonio. "What we do know is that there was at least a past romantic relationship between the victim and the suspect."

Most of the people who live in the complex are in the military. Neighbors did not know if the man or woman had any military ties.

Detectives said none of the bullets went through the walls into another apartment.

"In retrospect, it was pretty scary because my son was in the window and it was really close," said Davis. "The shots were really close."

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