Man shot in head outside Clairemont home dies

Posted at 9:43 PM, Jan 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-04 08:40:25-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A man shot in the head in a Clairemont neighborhood Wednesday night died in the hospital, police told 10News.

At around 7 p.m., San Diego police received reports of a shooting in the 4600 block of Sauk Avenue, near Genesee Avenue. When officers arrived at the scene, they found a man lying on a lawn in front of a home with a gunshot wound to the head.

Early Thursday morning, an SDPD official confirmed to 10News that the victim, identified only as a 52-year-old Hispanic male, died at the hospital from his injuries.

A woman who lives down the street from where the shooting took place told 10News, "I looked at the clock because I heard a gunshot. It was one single gunshot, I knew it wasn't a firework. It was scary. It made the hair on the back of my next stand up."

She said she was cooking dinner when suddenly she had to protect herself.

"I was nervous, I didn't go out to my windows to look," she said. "I went to the back of my house away from the windows in the front. Because it sounded like it was right in front of my house."

When she finally felt safe, she said she heard cries from the victim.

"I heard a man moaning in the ambulance that drove away," she said. "(Other) neighbors said they heard a man crying and moaning."

The woman told 10News she has never truly been comfortable living in the area.

"I'd like to make this a safe neighborhood and one where maybe one day I can even raise a family," she said. "But right now, it's a scary neighborhood and id like that to change."

Information on a suspected shooter was not immediately available.