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Man injured in third shooting in two months on Linda Vista street

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Posted at 10:26 AM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 21:11:41-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A 19-year-old man was shot Wednesday during an argument at a park in Linda Vista.

San Diego police said the incident happened at around 6:15 p.m. at Kelly Street Park in the 6600 block of Kelly Street.

According to police, the victim was engaged in a verbal exchange with two males when one of them pulled out a gun and opened fire.

The victim was struck on the left forearm but was not seriously injured.

The two males were last seen fleeing southbound on Kelly Street.

Police said the 19-year-old man was found two blocks from the shooting scene and taken to the hospital for treatment of his non-life threatening injury.

The suspected shooter was described as a Hispanic male, 17-20 years old, wearing a dark shirt, dark pants and dark baseball cap.

A description of the other male was not released.

10News spoke to property owners, Rocky and Olga Tenderro on Kelly Street. They said they have many fond memories of Kelly Street Neighborhood Park.

"My wife and I, we went to this park she did her sunbathing here," Rocky said.

That was nearly 40 years ago. The Linda Vista couple loved it so much, they even bought a property with a view of the park.

"As soon as we got married, this was our first property right here," Rocky said. "We've been married for 36 years," Olga replied.

As landlords, they have seen tenants come and go. But over the years, Kelly Street has built up a reputation, notorious for its crime.

"When there is something going on in the area, it's always right here by the park," Rocky said.

On May 23, 16-year-old Carlos Valdovinos was shot and killed on the same street. Then on June 14, a 20-year-old man and 15-year-old boy were shot at Valdovinos' makeshift memorial.

Three shootings within two and a half months are unsettling for the Tenderros, who came to visit their tenants.

"I just tell them to stay inside and keep yourself safe. That's the best thing we can do," Olga said.

San Diego homicide detectives arrested the suspected shooter for the May homicide. Their gang unit is now investigating the two more recent shootings. They have also set up a mobile command center on the corner of Linda Vista Road and Comstock Street in light of the violence.

The Tenderros hope Kelly Street returns to the way it was when they first fell in love with the neighborhood.

"It's scary, but I just hope that everything settles down and they find some solution to avoid some incidents to happen," Rocky said.