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Jogger shot in face with BB gun during jog in University City

Posted at 3:16 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 21:20:53-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A University City man is hoping to warn others after someone with a BB gun shot him during his daily jog.

On Tuesday, 70-year-old Taurone was nearing the end of his daily three-mile jog northbound on University Town Center Drive just after 6 p.m.

"Very calm, enjoying the evening. Hardly any traffic out in the neighborhood," said Taurone.

On the sidewalk near the Renaissance Towne Center, his calm jog was suddenly interrupted by pain.

"Jogging along and felt a sharp sting in the lower portion or my chin, so I stopped. It felt like an extremely large pimple. I was pushing on it, and something round and hard came out of my skin fell onto the ground," said Taurone.

A stunned Taurone, who didn't have his glasses, didn't look for the apparent BB pellet.

"When I realized I what it was, and that I had been shot, I was very angry," said Taurone.

Taurone, who was shot on the right side of his face, believes the shot came from the shopping center area. He briefly scoured the area but didn't see anyone. Bleeding from his chin, he jogged home. He's doing fine now, but he's still upset.

"If the shot had been 6 to 8 inches higher, it would have hit me in the eye," said Taurone.

Taurone has no clue about a motive, but he knows he was the intended target.

"Makes sense because I was the only moving target in the area," said Taurone.

Taurone has been interviewed by police, who told him they haven't received reports of similar incidents in the area. He's now worried about what may happen next, because of the boldness of the attack. It was still light out, and while the traffic was light at the time, it remains a busy area.

"If not caught, he or she could do it to other people and cause more even harm," said Taurone.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call San Diego Police at 619-531-2000.