Fight Ends: One Man Dead

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12/31/12
For Immediate Release. Contact Detective Myers 760.839.4782

Prepared by Lt. Mike Loarie / Investigations Bureau and Public Information Officer

On Sunday, December 30, 2012, just before 9 PM, the Escondido Police Department received calls of a fight, gunfire, and a person who had been shot in the area of the 800 block of E. Mission Ave.

Officers arrived about a minute later to find an adult male (late 20's) on the ground.  The male was in the same area as the original calls.  The male was a victim of a shooting and had been shot in his torso.

Paramedics treated and assessed the victim.  They transported him to to a nearby hospital.  The victim died at about 9:30 PM.

Detectives responded to investigate the shooting.  They spoke to several witnesses and searched the area for evidence and other injured people.  They did not locate any other victims.

The name of the victim who had been shot will not be released by EPD at this time, and the San Diego County Coroner's Office will be responsible for releasing that information when the time is appropriate.

The motive for this shooting is not yet clear.  Detectives are currently following leads and comparing evidence at the scene as well as witness information to help understand why and how this happened.

Based upon the information EPD has gained thus far, it appears there was a disturbance that turned to a fight in the street and surrounding area.  The fight escalated into a shooting that left one man dead.

The best description EPD has of the shooter:

Male

Hispanic 

About 26 years old

Short and stocky build

Clean shaven

Wearing a black t-shirt, blue jeans, and black tennis shoes

EPD will continue to follow leads and hopes to find witnesses who can help piece this crime and the series of events together so the shooter can be identified and arrested.  If anyone has information about this case, EPD needs to hear from them right away.

There are several ways to contact EPD and help with this unsolved case.  The lead investigator is Detective John Myers, and his phone number is 760.839.4782.  Anyone wishing to help may also call EPD at 760.839.4722, use the Tip Line, or send information via the Anonymous Tip page of the EPD website.

On Monday, December 31, 2012, at 8 AM, EPD will hold a News Conference at the Escondido Police and Fire Headquarters to talk about this crime.  If additional information that can be shared is found, EPD will release it at that time.  Members of the media should arrive by 7:45 AM.

To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on our Anonymous Tip Line at 760-743-TIPS (8477) or via our Web site at police.escondido.org.  For breaking news releases, please follow the Escondido Police Department on Twitter at twitter.com/escondidopolice.

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