Suspect linked to San Marcos shooting arrested

SAN MARCOS, Calif. - A parolee suspected of shooting another man at a San Marcos apartment complex Thursday was arrested hours later across the county, sheriff's officials said.

Jose Velasquez, 25, was taken into custody at Grossmont Center mall in La Mesa about 1 p.m., about 3 1/2 hours after the gunfire in the 200 block of Knoll Road in San Marcos, according to sheriff's officials.

Deputies responding to the shooting found the victim suffering from an apparently non-life-threatening wound to the abdomen shortly before 9:30 a.m. Medics took him to a hospital.

Deputies evacuated parts of the apartment complex as a SWAT team went through it, looking for the shooter, Lt. James Bolwerk said. Authorities closed Knoll Road between West Mission Road and Los Vallecitos Boulevard as a precaution.

Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell told reporters there were other measures taken.

"We had crisis negotiators here in case he was here; if he'd gone into another apartment and there was a hostage situation. We had all those scenarios rolling at the same time," said Caldwell.

The assailant was not found in the area, and the search was called off in the early afternoon.

Velasquez was arrested on an unrelated alleged parole violation, possession of a loaded firearm, sheriff's spokeswoman Melissa Aquino said. It was not immediately clear what led deputies to believe he had been involved in the San Marcos case.

Knoll Road remained closed at Los Vallecitos Boulevard closed in the late afternoon, Aquino said.

Officials released no suspected motive for the shooting, except to say that an argument escalated into gunfire.

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