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Trauma expert witnesses fatal La Jolla shooting

Posted at 5:15 PM, Jun 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-24 08:22:56-04

LA JOLLA, Calif. (KGTV) - One of the witnesses to Sunday's fatal drive-by shooting in La Jolla happened to be a trauma expert.

"I did see people at that point running all over the place," neighbor Michelle Carcel said.

Steps from the crime scene, Carcel recounted what she saw hours prior. One woman was killed, and three men were shot on a sleepy street in La Jolla. San Diego Police said all victims were outside a house party on Draper Avenue when the shooting happened.

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"By 9 o'clock everything is shut down, so when we hear kids having a party and stuff, we often say it is a very nice thing. It is a quiet calm thing. So to have this occur is completely out of the ordinary," Carcel said.

The scene was so foreign to neighbors in this area but all too familiar for Carcel. As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Carcel often deals with and speaks about gun violence and trauma.

"I've talked about Parkland shooting. I've talked about the Orlando shooting. And to have it happen here, to have it happen here so close to home, is still so jarring and so rattling and really brings the message that it can happen anywhere," Dr. Carcel said.

Carcel now wears both the witness hat and the clinical psychologist hat. She is giving advice to everyone involved.

"This is going to have acute side effects," Dr. Carcel said. "You're going to have post-traumatic stress that could occur within a period of time. Just monitoring and making sure that they are getting the counseling and support that they need."

She hopes for the end of senseless shootings, even if it means she may be out of a job.

"Our children are dying," Dr. Carcel said. "Innocent people are dying, I don't know what the solution is, but I hope we come together as a community to figure it out."

Dr. Carcel said she will conduct a trauma healing circle for her neighbors at a later time.