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Watch Commander: Vista landlord shot at tenant

Posted at 10:42 PM, Jun 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-24 09:12:54-04

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - Neighbors in the 700 block of Lemon Avenue in Vista say they were stunned as they watched a landlord pull out a pistol and start shooting at his tenant.

Neighbors tell 10News there have been screaming matches at the home in the past. They say the landlord had been trying to evict a tenant who was living in the garage. The neighbors did not wish to share their names out of fear for their family's safety.

The watch commander said they received a 9-1-1 call around 6 p.m. when the first shot was fired.

Deputies arrived and investigated, then left when they couldn't find the landlord.

Around 7:50 p.m. the landlord returned and, according to the watch commander, fired several shots at the tenant.

Neighbors said it sounded like fireworks. They said they saw the landlord cocking his pistol, they believed it jammed.

A video provided to 10News by neighbors shows deputies with rifles drawn approaching the home.

They arrested the landlord and his associate.

Details on the man, the associate, the tenant and the charges are not currently known.