Pool shooter's family: No hints of tragedy hours before incident

Posted at 2:17 PM, May 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-01 22:56:09-04

POWAY (KGTV)--The daughters of mass shooter Peter Selis said their father battled substance abuse issues and depression, but they had no idea what was coming after having breakfast with him the day of the shooting.

“There’s a bunch of emotions. They are horrified he could have done this, but at the same time, they are grieving the loss of their father," a close neighbor said of the two daughters aged 14 and 17. "He was a great dad and was never violent toward anyone, but when he drank, he could not handle life.”

The neighbor asked not to be identified but relayed the oldest daughter’s words to 10News.

According to that neighbor, the daughters had breakfast with their father the morning of the shooting and had “no idea he was this depressed.”  The oldest daughter also wanted to make clear that Selis was “in no way racist” and that the break-up was not the main factor, pointing instead to his “troubled” past.

Several neighbors said Selis had several stints in alcohol treatment programs in the past 15 years. They also told us police had been called several times for suicide attempts about a decade ago, including one incident where he slit his wrists with a knife on an easement.