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San Diego Police: 2 dead in East Village apartment shooting

East village shooting
Posted at 4:16 PM, Oct 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-22 09:33:39-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Two people were found shot to death inside an East Village apartment Thursday, San Diego Police said.

Officers were called to a high-rise apartment at 1475 Island Ave. at around 3:30 p.m. in response to a report of gunfire inside.

Police said responding officers entered an apartment unit and found a man and woman with "apparent gunshot injuries to their upper bodies in the living room of the residence."

The male victim was not identified, and police described the other victim as a 28-year-old Filipino woman who was a resident of the apartment complex.

"When 15 cop cars show up, it's not really what you want to see on Thursday afternoon,” Mark Schreiber, apartment complex resident, said.

"We met our neighbor who is on the floor above us,” said Bernardo Bustamante, another apartment complex resident. "We were met by San Diego PD ... they had their rifles out, their guns out. They were securing all exits, and they pull us out of the elevator really fast."

SDPD officials said detectives learned that the man who reported the shooting was a resident of the apartment complex where the shooting took place.

According to police, the caller was spotted by officers "in a vehicle on eastbound SR-94. Officers initiated a traffic stop and the male was contacted without incident at I-805 and I-15." The man, who was not identified, was detained for questioning, police confirmed.

"During the early stages of the radio call, there was some information developed that there was a vehicle involved and another resident perhaps in the building that was involved,” said Lt. Andra Brown. "One of our very astute officers found that vehicle, made a traffic stop on it ..."

A five-year-old girl who had been riding in the vehicle was taken into protective custody. Brown said that the relationship of the girl to the driver isn’t being released at this time.

The department said there were no outstanding suspects.

Investigators told ABC 10News that the car that was pulled over was impounded and searched for weapons.

No weapons were found in a safety sweep of the apartment, police said.