Man shot, killed near Oceanside Pier

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- A 20-year-old man was shot and killed Thursday evening near the pier in Oceanside.

The shooting occurred about 7:30 p.m. at an amphitheater in the 100 block of Pacific Street, according to Oceanside police Lt. Dan Sullivan.

Police were given conflicting witness statements, but according to Sullivan, investigators believe the victim was shot by a white male who was armed with a handgun and wearing black clothes.

The victim was airlifted to a hospital but died from his injuries.

Witnesses said they heard five or six gunshots.

"We hear it go pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, so we turned around real fast and we see people panicking. They weren't sure which way to go, and we kind of watched 'cause we didn't know which way to go, and people started running down the stairs so we knew it was up by the street," Diana Gillam told FOX 5.

It's unclear what led up to the shooting, Sullivan said.