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Gunfire outside Rancho San Diego movie theater leads to lockdown, search for gunman

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Posted at 5:58 AM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 09:09:57-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - An altercation outside of a movie theater at the Rancho San Diego Towne Center late Tuesday night led to gunfire that prompted a law enforcement response and lockdown of the theater and surrounding businesses.

San Diego County sheriff’s officials said some kind of dispute between two parties took place just before 12 a.m. in the parking lot in front of the Edwards Cinemas at 2951 Jamacha Rd.

According to sheriff’s officials, someone in a silver Honda Civic then opened fire at a group of juveniles before speeding away.

Multiple 911 calls reporting shots fired came from theatergoers, leading to a lockdown of the theater and response from deputies.

After initially preparing for a possible active shooter in or around the theater, responding deputies determined the shooting took place in the parking lot.

Deputies swarmed the area but could not find the suspected shooter or vehicle involved, but they found the group juveniles that was shot at and questioned them.

As news of the shooting circulated, many concerned friends and family members arrived at the shopping center because their loved ones who were in the theater and not answering their phones.

Deputies eventually cleared the scene and lifted the lockdown after about 90 minutes.

No injuries were reported.