2 dead, 1 hurt in Valencia Park shooting

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SAN DIEGO – Two people were dead and another hurt Monday night after a shooting in Valencia Park, the San Diego Police Department said.

A group was gathered in the front yard of the residence watching sports when two men walked up and started shooting around 10:45 p.m. Monday, according to San Diego police Lt. Paul Rorrison.

A police officer on the 5300 block of Groveland Drive heard the gunshots and  found one man suffering from gunshot wounds in the front yard. The officer then continued searching and found a second man who had also been shot in the torso in a courtyard behind the residence. The gunmen ran off before the officer arrived, Rorrison said.

The first victim was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead and the second victim was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Rorrison. Both men were in their 40s. A third man in his 30s showed up later at Mercy Hospital with non-life-threatening shoulder wound, Rorrison added.

Police did not have a good description of the two gunmen. Officers detained several people for questioning and homicide investigators remained at the scene collecting evidence. The 5300 block of Groveland Drive in Valencia Park was expected to remain closed throughout Tuesday morning during the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 619-531-2425 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.