Man shot dead in El Cajon, search on for killer

EL CAJON - A shooting at an apartment complex outside El Cajon left a man dead, authorities said Thursday.

Deputies dispatched around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday to look into reports of gunfire and a disturbance at the Pepper Creek apartments at 1475 Graves Ave. were directed to the victim, who was lying on a sidewalk within the complex, according to sheriff's Lt. Jeffrey Duckworth.

The man was found with apparent gunshot trauma. He was unresponsive and without a pulse, the lieutenant said. Paramedics attempted to revive him, but he died at the scene, Duckworth said.

The victim was identified Friday as 37-year-old Kevin McCalla, a temporary resident of El Cajon. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Duckworth said investigators did not immediately identify any persons or vehicles of interest, but personnel from the Homicide Detail, Crime Laboratory and the Santee Sheriff's Substation have launched an investigation.

Witness Michelle Murphy told 10News she heard what sounded like several "booms," followed by a man running.

"I see this guy running around the corner," Murphy said. "He's four feet away from me. He's kind of stumbling, running. He says something. I couldn't understand what he was saying. I ran to my car and locked the doors."

"That's when he (Murphy's boyfriend) called me and said he saw the dead body [lying] there, which was the same guy I saw running right past me," Murphy added.

10News attempted to speak to Murphy's boyfriend, but he did not want to talk on camera or be identified. He said he saw the victim sprawled out on the sidewalk with one foot up on the fence. His T-shirt was soaked in blood because of a bullet hole in the center of his chest.

The victim was a neighbor, the boyfriend said, who always appeared friendly and would always say, "Hi, have a good day" and "God bless you."

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the sheriff's department at 858-974-2321, 858-565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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