Homeowner shoots gunman inside Lemon Grove home

One suspect fled scene in vehicle
Posted at 4:56 AM, Feb 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-07 17:21:07-05

LEMON GROVE, Calif. - A shooting broke out during a break-in at a Lemon Grove home early Tuesday morning, leaving one man dead at the scene and prompting the search for another person.

Sheriff's officials responded to reports of gunfire at a home in the 2400 block of Edding Drive near Mount Vernon Street just before 2 a.m.

Officials said two armed men entered the home, and following a confrontation and struggle, shots were fired. Officials said that one of the gunmen was shot and killed by the homeowner, identified as 44-year-old Francisco Suarez.

According to officials, the Suarez's 22-year-old son, Francisco Suarez Jr., was also shot by one of the gunmen during the confrontation. He is expected to recover from his injuries.

The second gunman that entered the home fled the scene in a vehicle following the shooting and is still being sought by authorities.

Authorities provided an update Tuesday afternoon: 

  • Suspect who fled scene did so in a vehicle
  • Police do not believe the act was random
  • But there's also no evidence to suggest the suspects and occupants knew each other