San Diegans safe after Barcelona attack

Posted at 7:32 PM, Aug 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-17 22:32:34-04

BARCELONA (KGTV) - Several San Diegans reported themselves safe after Thursday's terror attack in Barcelona.

Tim Diamond, a realtor from Encinitas, told 10News he had just left the historic Las Ramblas District when he saw ambulances rushing towards the market. 

Diamond is in Barcelona celebrating his 40th birthday with his wife. The trip was a surprise from his wife. The couple was at the market on Thursday. The couple says they were getting conflicting reports about whether or not it was safe for them to leave their hotel room. Diamon says he won't let the attack ruin his vacation. 

Cal Muir, a woman from San Marcos, says she was worried sick when she heard about the attacks. She was going home from the doctors' office when she heard the news. Her son and his wife and three children are on vacation in Barcelona.

After 40 agonizing minutes, her daughter-in-law sent her a text saying they were okay. The family had traveled to Costa Brava for the day. They are safe but were having trouble getting back into Barcelona because officers were checking every car as it entered the city. 

Robert Burt is also a San Diegan who's lived in Barcelona for 14 years. He owns an art gallery just a few minutes away from Las Ramblas. Burt said he didn't hear about the attack for about two hours. He says locals were shocked after hearing about the attack, but that things were business as usual. 

The attack in Barcelona left 13 people dead and dozens of others are injured.