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Man, 25, arrested in connection with deadly Mountain View shooting

Mountain View shooting
Posted at 4:10 PM, Sep 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-23 20:57:08-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The San Diego Police Department announced an arrest in connection with a deadly shooting that happened in the Mountain View neighborhood in late September.

Authorities identified 25-year-old Elijah Smith as the suspect in the Sept. 20 shooting death of 34-year-old Dorian Franklin.

Smith was arrested Wednesday during traffic stop in the City Heights area, officials said. He was booked into the County jail for the murder of Dorian Franklin and the attempt murder of Veterial Webster.

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At around 3:30 p.m., deputies were called to the 3600 block of Oceanview Blvd of reports of a shooting.

Responding deputies found Franklin with a gunshot wound near the parking lot of convenience store, Mike’s Liquor Market. He was taken to the hospital, but officials said Franklin died shortly after arrival.

"While it is still relatively early in the investigation, the circumstances surrounding the man’s death are still unclear," said LT. Andra Brown in a statement.

Investigators learned 26-year-old Veterial Webster took himself to the hospital and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators are hoping for people to come forward to help close this homicide case.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.