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1 dead, another injured in shooting at Liberty Station Juneteenth concert

SDPD investigators at NTC Park 6-17-23
Juneteenth concert shooting 6-17-23
Posted at 7:29 PM, Jun 17, 2023
and last updated 2023-06-18 13:55:39-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The San Diego Police Department says one person has died in a shooting at a Juneteenth concert in a Liberty Station park Saturday evening.

According to SDPD's watch commander, multiple 911 calls about the shooting at NTC Park at 2455 Crushing Road came in at 6:47 p.m. Police told ABC 10News two people were shot at the event.

Police said when officers arrived, they found a large group of people who were attending the event fleeing the area and found a 20-year-old man suffering from at least one gunshot wound to his upper body. Officers performed CPR until San Diego Fire-Rescue arrived to take the victim to the hospital, where he died.

The victim has been identified, but his name is being withheld until his family has been notified, SDPD said.

The second victim, also a 20-years-old man, left in a car and was driven a short distance away before an ambulance was called to treat him for his injuries, according to SDPD. He was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound on his leg. His injuries are not considered life-threatening. His name will not be released.

San Diego Homicide Detectives are investigating the incident and say it's unclear what lead up to the shooting.

During the preliminary investigation, detectives learned that victims were attending the event when a fight broke out within the crowd near the end of the event. Moments later, a suspect took out a handgun, shot the victims and left the scene.

Police said it's unknown if the victims were involved in the fight, if they were targeted by the suspect, or if they were innocent
bystanders struck by gunfire.

SDPD Public Information Officer Adam Sharki says the shooting happened following an isolated dispute at the event.

"I want to make it very clear — this was not an active shooter event or anything of that type. This appears to be an isolated incident resulting from a dispute here at the event," Sharki says.

As of 10 p.m. on Saturday, the shooter was still on the loose. Police said the suspect is described as a man in his 20s wearing dark clothing.

Sharki emphasized that the investigation is still in its preliminary phase, so that's why information is limited at this point. The homicide unit did speak to witnesses on the scene and is actively tracking down evidence and checking the area for surveillance footage.

A flyer for the concert distributed on Facebook and Instagram said the title of the event was "Oli-Tay & Friends Presents: 619 Day — 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration."

The flyer states the event at 2455 Cushing Road started at 12 p.m.

If you have any information for police regarding the shooting, SDPD encourages you to contact the homicide unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

This is a developing story. ABC 10News has sent a reporter to the area to gather the latest information on this breaking news story.