National City SWAT responds to call of shots fired

Robot sent in to determine if gunman inside

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - A report of gunfire at a South Bay home Tuesday morning prompted a several-hour SWAT standoff that ended with five people taking into custody.

A caller reported hearing what sounded like gunshots at the residence near the corner of J Avenue and 18th Street in National City about 7:30 a.m., according to National City police.

A special weapons and tactics team took up positions around the home while officers tried to get the occupants to exit and surrender.

Five people exited the building and all were taken into custody.

Police believed another person -- who was possibly armed -- remained inside the home, so a SWAT team deployed a robot to determine if anyone else was inside the structure.

Neighbor Lorena Munoz told 10News, "It's scary to hear about this in a calm neighborhood. We never get anything. But, there have been complaints about this house."

Officials asked people who lived in the vicinity to either stay inside their homes or evacuate while the search was conducted.

Munoz said she heard a woman telling police, "Don't shoot my house. Don't shoot my house!"

SWAT members did not find a sixth person inside the apartment and the investigation was concluded at about 11 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

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