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Man kills one, injures many at pool party in San Diego, shot dead by police

A police helicopter arrived at the scene first and the pilot reported seeing multiple victims on the ground and that the suspect was still in the pool area and appeared to be reloading.

world Updated: May 01, 2017 18:44 IST
A San Diego police officer stands guard in front a La Jolla apartment building after the shooting on Sunday.
A San Diego police officer stands guard in front a La Jolla apartment building after the shooting on Sunday.(AP Photo)

The police shot and killed a 49-year-old man suspected of shooting seven people at a birthday pool party in an apartment complex near the University of California, San Diego, authorities said.

Authorities said the suspect, a white man identified as Peter Selis, shot four black women, two black men and one Latino man, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

One woman who was shot died, several victims were in surgery and others were still critical till late on Sunday, chief Shelley Zimmerman said at a news conference. Another man was taken to the hospital after he broke his arm while fleeing.

Rikky Galiendes, 27, heard gunshots around 6pm on Sunday and went to look outside his sixth-story apartment when he spotted a man bleeding and running near the pool below.

Galiendes said he called out to ask if the man needed help when his roommate grabbed him, yanked him down and then pointed toward a man sitting in a chair with a gun.

“When we looked over the balcony, he was just sitting down with a gun on his lap,” Galiendes said. “He was calm, you know. I mean from my perspective, the guy was ready to do whatever he was going to do. He shot at people having a good time and having a party.”

San Diego police officers stand in front of a cordoned off La Jolla apartment after the shooting on Sunday. (AP Photo)

Galiendes and his roommate ran back inside and called the police. They stayed indoors until neighbours yelled that it was safe to come out. Galiendes said it was a horrifying scene.

“As soon as I heard the gunshots I had goosebumps and the whole thing was really emotionally draining, seeing blood everywhere, seeing bodies on the ground, hoping they survived, seeing bloody footsteps you know of people who ran away. There was just so much blood. It was so surreal.”

Galiendes, a full-time communications student at the University of California San Diego, said he has lived in the complex since September.

“It was chilling,” he said. “La Jolla is known to be really safe and this is a family neighbourhood.”

“This is truly a horrific act of violence that took place here today,” San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer said at a news conference. “Our entire city, all of our thoughts and prayers, all San Diegans’ thoughts and prayers, are with the victims and their families tonight.”

A police helicopter arrived at the scene first and the pilot reported seeing multiple victims on the ground and that the suspect, Selis, was still in the pool area and appeared to be reloading.

Three officers on the ground shot the suspect after he pointed a large-caliber hand gun at them, Zimmerman said.

The police believe that Selis lived in the complex but have not discovered a motive.

One of the partygoers is also believed to live inside the complex, Zimmerman said. The police are investigating the incident.