Shooting reported at an Escondido credit union

Shooting victim ID'd as off-duty SDPD officer

ESCONDIDO, Calif. - The search continues for a man who shot an off-duty San Diego police officer outside of an Escondido credit union Monday afternoon.

The shooting happened at a San Diego Credit Union branch on 1600 S. Escondido Blvd. at about 12:15 p.m., according to Escondido police.

Authorities told 10News the off-duty officer was making a withdrawal at an ATM outside of the credit union when he was confronted by a Hispanic male wearing a black cap with "police" in white lettering, black pants, a long-sleeved button-down black shirt and possibly a black jacket.

Police said the man took the officer's wallet and cellphone and then shot the officer once before fleeing the area.

The suspected shooter was described as about 5 feet 7 inches tall with a stocky build and between 27-40 years of age.

Credit union employees brought the bleeding officer into the branch and notified authorities.

The 57-year-old officer was taken to the hospital and is listed in stable condition but expected to survive after being grazed in the head by the gunshot. He is a 27-year veteran of the force who works out of the department's Southern Division. A post on the Southern Division's Facebook page identified the officer as Leslie "Les" Stewart.

Escondido police are hoping to release ATM surveillance video on Tuesday.

Authorities are also investigating the possibility the suspected shooter and another person were involved in a carjacking about an hour after the shooting in the Chollas Creek area.

The carjacking incident happened shortly before 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of a Sam's Club in the 6300 block of College Grove Way, according to police.

Two people -- a Hispanic male and a Hispanic female, both possibly armed with handguns and wearing ski masks -- carjacked a black 2006 Suzuki Aerio hatchback after setting a white/silver Ford Crown Victoria on fire in the parking lot, dispatchers said. A torched Suzuki was found in Chula Vista late Monday evening.

Police said the suspected carjackers were wearing vests with the "police" on them.

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