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Man stabbed to death in Midway District shopping center

Posted at 11:25 AM, Nov 28, 2019

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Police are searching for a man suspected in a stabbing at a Midway District strip mall that left another man dead.

At around 8 a.m., San Diego police received a report of a stabbing in the 3100 block of Sports Arena Boulevard.

Officers arrived to find a 55-year-old transient man with a stab wound to his neck lying near a 7-Eleven store. The victim was taken to an area hospital but died from his injures, 10News learned.

The suspected attacker is described as white man between 20-40 years old. He was last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, blue digital camouflage pants and a blue hospital surgical mask. Police also noted he was wearing a backpack at the time.

According to police, this was the second stabbing investigation of the day in the same area.

At 1:45 am, a man walked into the County Public Health Clinic on Rosecrans Street, and told security guards that he had been stabbed in the back.

10News cameras captured the victim, who police say was also a transient, being carried out on a stretcher. His injuries were non-life threatening.

Witnesses there told detectives that they saw the suspect run away toward a nearby liquor store. He is also described as a man wearing a mask and camouflage.

"The suspect was wearing similar clothing," Lt. Matt Dobbs with the San Diego Police Homicide Unit, said. "I know the victim, in that case, underwent surgery, and we have not been able to talk to him yet."

Detectives are now determining if the two stabbings are connected. In the meantime, they advise the public to remain vigilant.

"It looks like it may have been an unprovoked attack, so obviously, if someone were to see them, we ask them to call 9-1-1 and not try to approach him," Lt. Dobbs said.

Police are combing through surveillance footage as part of their investigation.