Carlsbad police and assisting sheriff's deputies were sent to the vicinity of Rancho Santa Fe and San Elijo roads late Thursday night. A SWAT team was also summoned to the scene. A reverse 911 call went out to the area asking residents to stay inside.
“I wouldn’t say I heard shots, I heard noises but I didn’t hear shots. To actually know it was a shot, and someone actually did get shot, is shocking especially here because we have so many children here in our area," said nearby resident Annette Price.
According to police, a gunman may have used a long gun or rifle to shoot a 45-year-old man from San Marcos.
The victim was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas and was later taken to Scripps La Jolla where he underwent surgery and was in stable condition.
A suspect has not yet been arrested and a description has not been released. Investigators do not feel this was a random act of violence.
“There shouldn’t be a reason for the general public to worry. We understand how frightening it can be to have something occur in the area, especially when you get a reverse 911 call asking you to stay inside. We really want people to understand we do not feel it was a random act," said Carlsbad police spokeswoman Jodee Sasway.
Roadways in the area were closed for the investigation, but they have since been reopened.
If anyone has information about this incident, please call Carlsbad police at 760-931-2197