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Coronado police: Teen selling jewelry shot during meetup with two men on Orange Avenue

Posted at 6:42 AM, May 05, 2020

CORONADO, Calif. (KGTV) -- A teen selling jewelry to two men he met through a buying/selling app was robbed of the items and shot during a meet up in Coronado, police said.

The shooting was reported shortly after 9:30 p.m. Monday in an area near Orange Avenue and 10th Street, according to Coronado police.

18-year-old Jacob McKanry is recovering from a gunshot wound to his back. He's in ICU at UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest and is expected to fully recovery, according to his dad.

Chris McKanry said he and his wife got the call every parent fears Monday night. That call was from Jacob's friend.

"He said I'm really concerned about him, I heard there was a kid shot selling jewelry," said McKanry.

He and his wife rushed to Orange Avenue only to find the area blocked by police tape. An officer confirmed their son had been shot.

"I just lost 20 years of my life because you just don't know," said McKanry.

They rushed to the hospital just as their son was coming out of surgery.

"At that point, the surgeon came out, if you're watching, thank you so much, there's a place in heaven for you," said McKanry.

The bullet damaged their son's liver, but he's expected to be OK. Jacob is a senior at Coronado High School and a football player. He called his parents Tuesday morning from the hospital.

"He said, I want you guys to know, I'm going to live, I'm OK. I'm like, Thank God," said McKanry.

McKanry said his son sometimes sold jewelry on line. He'd been talking to the prospective buyer for a couple weeks. They arranged to meet on Orange Avenue near Starbucks. Jacob had a couple friends with him when he met the buyer and one of the buyer's friends.

According to his dad, the prospective buyer asked if the gold necklace was real and when his son said yes, the man grabbed it and took off. Jacob chased after the man, tackling him to the ground. That's when the man's friend pulled out a gun and fired two shots.

"He's a fighter and a bull and sometimes it's not good, but he turned around and pursued the guy," said McKanry who added that a lifeguard happened to be across the street. He ran over and applied pressure to his son's wound.

The family is thanking the city, school district, and hospital staff for their support.

The two men suspected in the incident were both described as Hispanic and in their 20's. One of the men has a heavy build, curly dark hair and was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt and baggy pants. A description of the other man is unclear, as he was reportedly seen by witnesses removing his clothing.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Coronado police at 619-522-7350.