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Man killed in shooting at Dave & Busters restaurant in Mission Valley

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Posted at 6:01 AM, Jun 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-18 14:00:52-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A shooting inside the Dave & Busters restaurant in Mission Valley Thursday evening left one person dead, according to police.

San Diego Police said officers were called to the restaurant on 2931 Camino Del Rio North, under the Interstate 805/8 interchange, just before 11 p.m. in response to reports of shots fired.

Responding SDPD and California Highway Patrol officers arrived as customers fled the building.

After entering the restaurant, officers found a man down in the dining area with an apparent gunshot wound to his torso. The man was taken to the hospital but died nearly 90 minutes after the shooting. The victim was identified by police as 28-year-old Black male.

No other injuries were reported.

Several witnesses told the 10News Breaking News Tracker that they heard 3 to 4 loud pops. Some witnesses said they saw families with young children leaving the restaurant just before the shots were fired.

Danilo Gamil told ABC 10News that he and his girlfriend had just walked into the lobby when they heard gunshots. Gamil said as they ran for cover, they saw a man with a gun just feet away from them.

“I grabbed her and maybe 5 feet away there was this younger fella in a blue hoodie and he had a gun to his side. So, at that moment, screw this, we crawled all the way to the other side of the counters,” Gamil said.

Gamil and his girlfriend crawled behind the counter and found a room with two employees inside. They stayed with them until police arrived.

Gamil said that he’s not sure if the man that he saw carrying a gun was the shooter.

While a description of the suspected shooter was not immediately available, witnesses told police they spotted a dark-colored SUV “leaving the business immediately following the shooting," according to police.

SDPD’s Homicide Unit is investigating the circumstances that led to the shooting and they are “aware of the large crowd present at the time of the incident and would like to speak to them.”

Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to contact the Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.