Two bystanders hurt in Paradise Hills shooting

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Two bystanders were hurt in a shooting Saturday evening in Paradise Hills.

San Diego Police said two Hispanic men were shooting at each other around 5:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Reo Dr. 

10News spoke to witness Jauhn Hinkle, who was waiting to get his hair cut at the Fade Factory across the street. 

“Small caliber pops started going off across the street. I saw a muzzle flash,” he said. 

Hinkle said the fight began near the corner of Reo Drive and Cumberland Street. It escalated, as the two began to yell obscenities. Then one of the men started to chase the other while shooting at him. Hinkle recalled seeing five or six shots, all of which seemed to miss the intended target. 

Instead, two innocent bystanders were hurt. 

A bullet hit a 15-year-old boy in the thigh, and shrapnel hit a 48-year-old woman in the leg, police said.

Hinkle ran toward the woman, who took cover in the La Palapa Market. 

“I asked where she was shot. She didn't know because of adrenaline and shock. She was on the phone screaming,” Hinkle said. 

The woman was transported to the hospital from the scene. The 15-year-old boy was transported to a different hospital, at a later time, San Diego Police said. Both suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Hinkle said it is disappointing to see his neighborhood be the scene of a violent crime.  

“Project Reo is doing an excellent job. Shout out to them," Hinkle said. "We want this place to pick up. and I think it is, so it's not reflective of what this neighborhood is like.”

The shooters ran away. Police did not have any further descriptions of them.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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