1 critically injured in head during Carmel Mountain Ranch workplace shooting

Victim is in critical condition
Posted at 2:09 PM, Jun 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 14:38:20-04

CARMEL MOUNTAIN RANCH, Calif. (KGTV) - An employee of a drug testing company was shot in the head after an incident of workplace violence Tuesday afternoon, according to the San Diego Police Department. 

"This appears to be a case of workplace violence, some manner of interpersonal issue between the shooter and the victim," San Diego Police Lt. Charles Lara said. 

The shooting occurred at 15175 Innovation Drive around 1:44 p.m. 

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A man in his mid-50s was taken into custody after being tackled and subdued by a fellow employee as the suspect headed toward the Human Resources office, Lara added. 

"At some point the employee saw the suspect approaching the Human Resources door, which had been slammed in his face," Lara said. "At that point that employee as he put it 'put a move on him' and took him to the ground and I think only then did he discover that he was actually armed with a handgun."

Another employee kicked the handgun away and when police arrived on the scene the suspect was ziptied.

"It's a heroic thing," Lara said. "He took decisive action."

A small caliber semi-automatic handgun was recovered by police. 

"There is no more danger to the area," Lara said. 

The victim was transported to Palomar Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head and in critical condition. Lara said the victim was lucid and able to speak. 

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