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Police find duffel bag with assault rifle after man reportedly shoots at Hillcrest businesses

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Posted at 8:15 PM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 00:28:36-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- One person is in custody after a man reportedly shot at a Hillcrest businesses Tuesday night, police say.

The gunfire was reported on the 400 block of University Avenue at 7:40 p.m.

Witnesses reported hearing dozens of shots fired, possibly at a restaurant, before seeing a man with a gun. Photos of the scene show a massive police presence near the Hillcrest sign.

Another witness recalled telling his daughters to get in the bathroom after hearing shots from what he called a "high capacity clip." The man's neighbor reportedly told him that a suspect wearing a hoodie and carrying a long gun was firing shots toward the Golden Dragon Asian Bistro, which police later confirmed was the target.

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Several employees and customers were inside the business at the time of the shooting, but police say remarkably, no one was hit.

Glass that once covered the front of the restaurant was shattered by the gunfire. Police discovered 19 shell casings at the scene.

The suspect was only described as a heavy-set black male who was seen running down an alley between 4th and 5th Avenues near Upas Street.

Police confirmed that a person is in custody and said they discovered a duffel bag containing an assault rifle in a nearby dumpster after the shooting. Officers also found discarded clothing that matched clothing the suspect was seen wearing.

At this time, it's unclear what the suspect's motive may have been.

The shooting comes days after a plaque honoring the neighborhood's pride flag was vandalized. Photos of the plaque show faces and the pride flag scratched out.

“The fact that there is this hate still out in the community means that we need monuments like this, the pride flag, even more,” Benjamin Nicholls, the Executive Director of the Hillcrest Business Association said.