Bystander gravely wounded following assault in City Heights

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SAN DIEGO — A terrifying assault on a teenager by four people with a baseball bat ended with shots fired, and a different man slumping to the ground with what police said was a mortal wound.

Police said a 24-year-old man was not expected to survive the bullet to his head, intended for someone else at a home in the City Heights neighborhood.

Officers were dispatched at 2:42 a.m. to the 3800 block of Central Avenue. That address is next to the 805 Freeway, one block south of University Avenue.

The attack began when an 18-year-old man was assaulted with a baseball bat by three or four suspects in the 3800 block of Central Avenue. The 18-year- old man was chased by the suspects to a front yard, where family members were having a social gathering, the police lieutenant said.

The 18-year-old man pleaded the family for help and was told to hide inside the residence. But the suspects entered the front yard, one of them fired several rounds from a handgun at the 18-year-old man, and a different man, age 24, was hit in the head, he said.

Paramedics rushed the victim to Mercy Hospital, where he was listed in grave condition, San Diego police Lt. Paul Rorrison said.

“Due to the victim’s prognosis, homicide detectives were called to conduct the investigation into the incident,” Rorrison said. “Interviews and evidence collected are taking place in the 3800 block of Central Avenue, which will be closed for the next few hours.”

San Diego police homicide detectives asked anyone with any information regarding the assault and the shooting to call them at 619-531-2293.

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