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One dead, multiple victims wounded in University City mass shooting

Posted: 7:38 PM, Apr 30, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-02 01:06:57Z
Multiple victims shot at UTC apartment complex
Multiple victims shot at UTC apartment complex
Multiple victims shot at UTC apartment complex
Multiple victims shot at UTC apartment complex
Multiple victims shot at UTC apartment complex

UPDATE 5/1 6:03 P.M.:

Nearly 24 hours since Sunday's bloodbath in University City where a gunman shot into a crowd celebrating a birthday inside a gated pool at the La Jolla Crossroads apartments, new information about the victims has emerged.

"After conducting extensive interviews overnight and throughout the day today investigators learned that one of the shooting victims initially reported as an African- American female was actually Caucasian," San Diego Police Department officials said.

In addition, investigators learned that a Hispanic female security guard was shot at by Selis but not struck. She is the ninth victim," police said.

 

UPDATED STORY

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man sat calmly with a gun on his lap and opened fire on seven people enjoying a birthday party at an apartment complex pool near the University of California, San Diego, killing one woman before officers fatally shot him, witnesses and authorities said.

The suspect, Peter Selis, 49, shot four black women, two black men and one Latino man Sunday, police said. Investigators don't yet know why Selis, who was white, started shooting, Chief Shelley Zimmerman told reporters.

The chief made a point of mentioning the race of the victims. When asked if detectives were investigating the shooting as a potential hate crime, Zimmerman said they were exploring all possible motives.

Several victims underwent surgery, and some were in critical condition late Sunday, she said. One man was taken to the hospital after he broke his arm running away.

Rikky Galiendes, 27, said he heard between eight to 10 gunshots around 6 p.m. and looked outside his sixth-story apartment in University City. He spotted a man bleeding and running near the pool below.

Galiendes said he called out to ask if the man needed help when his roommate grabbed him, yanked him down and pointed toward a man sitting in a chair with a gun.

"When we looked over the balcony, he was just sitting down with a gun on his lap," Galiendes said. "He was calm, you know. I mean from my perspective, the guy was ready to do whatever he was going to do. He shot at people having a good time and having a party."

Galiendes and his roommate ran back inside and called police.

A police helicopter arrived first, and the pilot reported seeing multiple victims on the ground and that Selis appeared to be reloading in the pool area, the police chief said.

Three officers arrived and shot Selis after he pointed a large-caliber handgun at them, she said.

Police believe Selis and one of the partygoers lived at the complex in the community north of downtown San Diego, police said.

Selis, a father who worked as a mechanic at a Ford dealership, filed for federal bankruptcy protection in October 2015, listing $14,000 in assets and $108,000 in liabilities, according to court records.

"This is truly a horrific act of violence," San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said at a news conference. "Our entire city, all of our thoughts and prayers, all San Diegans' thoughts and prayers, are with the victims and their families tonight."

Galiendes and his roommate stayed indoors until neighbors yelled that it was safe to come out. He said the scene was horrifying.

"As soon as I heard the gunshots, I had goosebumps and the whole thing was really emotionally draining — seeing blood everywhere, seeing bodies on the ground, hoping they survived, seeing bloody footsteps you know of people who ran away. There was just so much blood. It was so surreal."

Galiendes, a student at UC San Diego, said he has lived in the complex since September.

"It was chilling," he said. "La Jolla is known to be really safe, and this is a family neighborhood."

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Associated Press reporters Elliot Spagat and Julie Watson in San Diego and Christopher Weber in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

ORIGINAL STORY:

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Investigators are working to piece together the events that led up to a mass shooting in University City on Sunday evening that left eight people injured.

At around 6 p.m., San Diego Police Department officers responded to calls of shots fired near a gated pool area at the La Jolla Crossroads complex on 9000 Judicial Drive, according to police chief Shelley Zimmerman.

Arriving officers located the suspect in the pool area.  Zimmerman said that officers shot and killed the gunman.

The suspect was described as a white male.

A motive is unknown at this time.

"At this time there is no known threat however we are confirming the area is safe. Please shelter in place," police said via Twitter.

Eight victims were transported to a local hospital, some of them suffering from critical injuries.  No other information was released at this time.

Stay with 10News for updates on this developing story.

Here's part of the 911 call log during and after the shooting. Dozens of people calling for help. pic.twitter.com/JyQmohs9la