SAN DIEGO — A 45-year-old man was fatally shot while sitting in his SUV by a gunman on a bicycle in the City Heights area early Wednesday, police said.
Someone called 911 at 6:11 a.m. and reported hearing from five to 10 gunshots in the vicinity of 41st Street and Orange Avenue, San Diego police Officer Frank Cali said. Witnesses told police that the gunman was a man and he fled the area on a bicycle.
Paramedics found a wounded man in the driver seat of a black Ford Explorer parked on 41st Street. The driver-side window was shot out.
The victim was rushed to Scripps Mercy Hospital, according to a San Diego fire-rescue dispatcher. The man, whose identity was not released, died a short time later, police said.
Several lanes of traffic were shut down in the area for the investigation, including both eastbound and westbound lanes of Orange Avenue between Marlborough and Central avenues.
Three schools are in the vicinity of the shooting. Central and Cherokee Point Elementary Schools were on lockdown, while Wilson Middle School was placed on warning.
“It’s kind of troubling,” said Crystal Lawson. “It’s kind of scary that somebody can get gunned down so close to the school.”
Lawson’s son attends the middle school. She said the shooting is no surprise, but she’s trying to keep her eye on the bigger picture.
“The neighborhood may be bad, but the school is good,” said Lawson. “I feel like the school is safe I mean I travel all the way from Chula Vista, because my son loves this school and so do I.”
No suspects were in custody as of Wednesday afternoon, but police said they did have a person of interest.