OCEANSIDE, Calif. – An Oceanside community was shaken up after learning a young father was shot and killed in their neighborhood early Monday.
“I feel sad and concerned at the same time,” a resident told FOX 5. “I hope it doesn’t happen again and I hope they get whoever did this."
Police found a man with a gunshot wound to the stomach in the 4700 block of Calle Estrella around 6:20 a.m. after receiving several calls from nearby residents who reported hearing shots fired. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police are searching for a suspect described as a clean-shaven Hispanic man between 20 and 27 with a "skinny face," who reportedly left the scene in a white Acura.
The suspect left behind clues to help piece together what happened, Oceanside police Sgt. Tom Bussey said.
“We had an evidence technician out there who did collect some evidence and they’re currently processing that,” Bussey said.
Family and friends of the victim told FOX 5 he was a 19-year-old father, but did not want to release his name just yet.
Anybody who witnessed the shooting or has information is encouraged to call the Oceanside Police Department tip line at 760-435-4730.
Monday's shooting comes less than a week after a fatal shooting near the pier in Oceanside.