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5 people wounded in East Village shooting spree

SAN DIEGO –Detectives Tuesday are investigating a shooting spree in downtown San Diego's East Village neighborhood that wounded five people, all of whom are expected to survive.

Four victims were wounded just after 11 p.m. Monday on the corner of 15th Street and Island Avenue, four blocks south of the San Diego Police Department's headquarters, and a fifth victim was wounded a few blocks east of the first shooting scene, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.

No suspects were identified and no arrests made as of 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Buttle told City News Service.

It all began at 11:03 Monday night when two men wearing dark clothing approached a group of four people standing in the 500 block of 15th Street and began shooting at them, Buttle said. All four people -- reportedly three men and a woman -- were wounded.

Investigators suspect the initial attack may have been gang-related, Capt. Mike Holden told the San Diego Union-Tribune. Witnesses told reporters at the scene that it sounded like at least a dozen shots were fired, with one woman telling the Union-Tribune the gunfire "went on and on like it wasn't going to stop."

A fifth victim was shot in the 1800 block of Island Avenue near where the road cross above Interstate 5, about three blocks east of where the four people were shot, Buttle said.

Paramedics took all five victims to local hospitals with injuries that were not expected to be life-threatening.

Both suspects were described as black men in their late teens or early 20s, about 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches, and dressed in all black clothing. Holden told the Union-Tribune that the suspected gunman was wearing gloves and the other man was wearing a pullover sweatshirt with blue or white squares on the front.

The shootings late Monday happened less than a mile and a half from where a man was fatally shot Sunday night in the area of 28th and Sampson streets in Logan Heights. Earlier on Sunday, two men died at a hospital after they were gunned down near Mountain View Park, less than two miles from the Barrio Logan shooting and about three miles from Monday's shootings.

Detectives are working to determine if the Sunday afternoon, Sunday night and Monday night shootings are related, Holden told the Union-Tribune. But as of Tuesday morning, any connection between the violent incidents was unclear.

San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit cancelled a news conference Tuesday  morning and although he wouldn't talk on camera tweeted a statement that read in part, "We want the public to know we are working around the clock investigating the recent violent incidents which have shaken our community to the core.  I am putting all of the Department’s available resources toward furthering these investigations in an effort to identify those responsible,”

Anyone with information about Monday's shooting was asked to call SDPD at (619) 531-2000 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers' anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.