15-year-old girl shot to death at Oceanside park; attacker at large

Posted at 9:40 AM, Sep 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-04 13:49:54-04

A 15-year-old girl was shot to death at an Oceanside park early Saturday morning, and her attacker remained at large, according to authorities.

Oceanside police officers responded to reports of shots fired at Balderrama Park in the 700 block of San Diego Street at about 2:30 a.m., where they found the girl on a playground structure with at least one gunshot wound, Officer Ryan Keim said.

The girl was pronounced dead at the scene despite officers attempts to save her life, according to Keim.

A suspect was not in custody, but the preliminary investigation indicated that witnesses were most likely present during the shooting, Keim said.

It appeared the victim was targeted and that it was not a random act of violence. Detectives from the OPD crimes of violence unit were investigating the shooting.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Oceanside Police Department at (760) 435-4911.