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Man shot dead while sitting in parked SUV

Posted at 6:36 AM, May 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-03 18:43:18-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A man sitting in a vehicle parked outside of a business in San Diego's Bay Ho area was shot in the chest by an unknown assailant early Tuesday morning.

At around 5 a.m., the 79-year-old victim was in his SUV parked in a parking lot in the 4400 block of Morena Boulevard when someone approached the vehicle and opened fire, striking the victim once in the chest.

According to police, the victim was sitting in his car in front of the building where he works when he was approached by the suspect who “likely attempted to carjack his vehicle.”

“When the victim did not immediately surrender his vehicle, the suspect fired at least one round from a firearm through the driver’s side window glass, striking the victim and causing his injuries,” police added.

The suspected shooter fled the scene on foot.

The victim was able to drive himself to a McDonald’s on Mission Bay Drive in Pacific Beach, where several bystanders spotted him and called 911.

ABC 10News learned the victim was rushed to Scripps La Jolla Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man who is five feet, seven inches tall with a thin build. According to police, he was last seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.