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Man shot at Lemon Grove shopping center, Marine provides first aid

Posted at 7:43 PM, Nov 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-18 10:18:21-05

LEMON GROVE, Calif. (KGTV) -- A man was injured in a shooting at a Lemon Grove shopping center Wednesday evening, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

The shooting was reported just before 6:30 p.m. in the 7000 block of Broadway, near the Albertsons grocery store parking lot, sheriff’s officials said.

When deputies arrived, they found a transient man on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds. Deputies learned the victim appeared to have been shot from a passing vehicle.

An active-duty Marine who was in the area provided first aid to victim, the sheriff's department said.

The Camp Pendleton-based Marine, who identified himself as Cpl. Giovanni Brunacini, told ABC 10News he jumped into action after hearing the shots being fired. He said he saw the man down and then grabbed his medical bag to render aid. He was able to stop the bleeding and kept the victim talking until paramedics arrived.

Brunacini told ABC 10News he believes everyone should have some medical training, saying, “I would say that everyone try to get their hands on a little bit of medical experience; you know, tourniquets, gauze … maybe you can save a life, because I’d rather save one than take one every day of the week.”

The victim, who was not identified, was transported to a nearby hospital and is in stable condition following surgery.

The shooting is under investigation.