Poilce say argument led to shooting at gas station in Old Town: Couple's van shot at 7 times

Incident occurred at Arco station on Old Town Ave.

SAN DIEGO - Police say an argument led to gunfire at a gas station in Old Town early Sunday.

Shots were fired at a couple inside a white van while they were was getting gas at an Arco gas station on Old Town Avenue near Moore Street, according to police.

Investigators say there was an argument between the couple and the two men who were at a Shell gas station across the street.

Police say the argument escalated, and the men drove to the Arco station and fired at least seven shots at the van while the couple was still inside.

"You should see the van … there are bullet holes in the driver's side window, the windshield … how they didn't get hit I have no idea," said William Pettus, who is with San Diego police.

Police say the couple tried to drive off, even slamming into a yellow pole. Eventually, their van ended up above Interstate 5.

By the time officers arrived, they made a gruesome discovery just below their crime scene. A man crossing southbound I-5 had been hit several times by cars.

Officers shut down that portion of the freeway, while investigators tried to determine if that incident was related to the shooting.

"It seems too much of a coincidence but like I said, interviewing the witnesses … the person running across the freeway was not coming from the place of the shooting," said Pettus.

Right now, police do not believe the two are connected.

Police say there are cameras that were pointed in the direction of where the shooting occurred. They are hoping to use footage from those to help them identify the two men, who were seen leaving in a dark-colored sedan.

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