Family members identified the victim as 22 year-old Emilio Perez. Detectives say he was in the area of Imperial Avenue and 32nd Street around 8:40 p.m. Thursday when a sedan pulled up and three to four men got out and attacked him, according to San Diego police homicide Lt. Paul Rorrison.
“After the assault, the suspects got back into their vehicle and ran over the victim twice before fleeing northbound on 32nd Street,'' Rorrison said.
Fox 5 spoke with Alan Temby, the father of Perez's girlfriend and the grandfather of their one year-old daughter.
“Whoever, you’re out there – I hope you get caught or the same thing happens to you. You’ve left this little baby in the hands of my wife and me to take care of. That’s not right,” said Temby.
Paramedics rushed the victim to UCSD Medical Center, where he died.
Police found the car they believe was used in the attack several hours later on fire in the 800 block of 33rd Street.
Thursday's incident marks the second homicide investigation launched in Logan Heights this week.
On Tuesday, Jason Coney, 28, was shot and killed outside a residence in the 2200 block of Ocean View Boulevard.
Rorrison said officers found Coney around 9:15 p.m. lying the front yard of a residence. He died shortly after paramedics rushed him to a hospital.
“The preliminary investigation revealed witnesses hearing an argument between several people prior to the sound of multiple gunshots,'' he said. “Several black and Hispanic males were seen running from the scene. One suspect assailant is described as a Hispanic male wearing a brown plaid shirt, armed with a handgun.''
It was not immediately clear whether police suspected a link between the two homicide cases. Anyone with information about either homicide was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Tipsters can choose to remain anonymous.