Police investigate deadly shooting in Escondido backyard

ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- Escondido homicide detectives Thursday morning were investigating a fatal shooting in the backyard of a home just off a main passage through the city, police said.

The shooting was reported at 9:47 p.m. Thursday in the 600 block of North Grape Street, just north of East Washington Avenue, Escondido police Sgt. Ryan Banks said.

When police arrived, they found the body of 36-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds in a backyard and saw several people fleeing from the area.

"Officers detained several people at the scene," Lick said. "Their involvement in the crime is still being determined."

Police did not release a description of the gunman. They were waiting for at least two search warrants to be approved as of 7 a.m.

Homicide detectives were still interviewing witnesses and potential suspects more than six hours after the deadly shooting, Banks said. The street where the  gunfire erupted is lined on both sides with town homes, low-slung apartment complexes and single-family homes.

Detectives believe the slaying was gang-related, Lt. Chris Lick said. The name of the victim was not immediately released.

Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call Escondido police at (760)-839-4722, or the department's anonymous tip line at 760-743-TIPS (8477).