One gunman responsible for both La Jolla shootings, cops say

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LaJollaShooting2LA JOLLA, Calif. — A 43-year-old La Jolla man was shot and wounded at his home by his sister’s ex-husband just hours after the gunman shot and wounded another man in a related attack in the same upscale neighborhood, police said.

Officers received word of an assault with a deadly weapon at the home at the 1400 block of Cottontail Lane just before 7 a.m., according to San Diego police Lt. Kevin Mayer. Once there, they found a 43-year-old man had been shot in the torso and a 53-year-old man had a head injury, he said.

Investigators learned that the older man went to the younger man’s home and shot him, then the younger man took the older man’s gun and struck him over the head with it, according to Mayer. Two young girls were home at the time but neither was harmed, he said.

Paramedics took the gunshot victim to Scripps La Jolla Hospital, a San Diego fire-rescue dispatcher said. The extent of the injury was unclear, though Mayer said he was conscious and breathing on his own at the scene, and detectives were waiting to question him once he came out of surgery.

The suspect was treated at the scene and was expected to be booked into jail once medically cleared, Mayer said.

Four hours before the shooting on Cottontail Lane, the suspect went to a home in the nearby 5700 block of Waverly Drive and shot a 53-year-old man in his torso in a related attack, Mayer said without elaboration. The victim in that shooting was expected to survive.

The lieutenant declined to say how the suspect knew the earlier victim citing an ongoing investigation.