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Innocent woman caught in crossfire, shot in back during altercation near Belmont Park

Posted at 6:21 AM, Sep 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-07 21:51:28-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A merchandise vendor working near Belmont Park was packing up for the evening Monday when San Diego Police said she was shot during a confrontation between a group and an individual.

Just before 10 p.m., officers were called to the 3100 block of Mission Boulevard near the theme park in response to reports of gunfire and an injury.

Police said a group of people and another person were involved in an altercation when someone began shooting.

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A woman in her 60s who sells swimwear on the boardwalk was loading her SUV when she was caught in the crossfire and shot in the back, according to police.

It is unclear how far the woman was from the altercation when the shooting erupted. ABC 10News learned the victim was rushed to Scripps La Jolla Hospital and underwent surgery. She is expected to survive.

Little information was available about the parties involved in the confrontation and what sparked the incident, but witnesses told police they saw a person possibly connected to the shooting get into a black car that left the scene just after the gunfire.

Police at the scene told ABC 10News they believe at least 10 shots were fired. No other injuries were reported.

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The shooting was the third near Belmont Park since July.

In late August, Tim Gauthier was leaving his shift as a cook at Chicken Charlie’s when a fight between two groups of people broke out near Mission Boulevard and Ventura Place.

Gunfire erupted during the fight, and Gauthier was caught in the crossfire. The 30-year-old was shot in the leg and hospitalized.

Pat Stebleton and her husband have lived in the community for 50 years. She said of the shooting, “We’ve had some ups and downs because it's a vacation place. You get everybody coming to visit, but these shootings … one, two, three … have really gotten residents worried; they aren't happy about it.”

Quinn Delany, who has been working at Mission Beach since March, said the recent shootings bring up safety concerns, which she worries will also have an impact on foot traffic coming in.

“I think it's definitely scary for business, like smaller business, especially after COVID … it's definitely a worry,” Delany said.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story said the shooting took place "at" Belmont Park. The story has been corrected to reflect that the shooting occurred "near" Belmont Park.