Three men flee after argument with driver ends in shooting

SAN DIEGO -- A confrontation between a group of pedestrians and a driver in City Heights led to a shooting that left the driver wounded on Wednesday.

Police said that no one is in custody, and that there are multiple suspects in the attack. The shots were fired shortly before 12:30 p.m., according to SDPD.

The 26-year-old driver stopped in traffic in the 3200 block of Fairmont Avenue in the Swan Canyon area shortly before 12:30 p.m., got out of his car and approached three men standing on the east side of the street, according to San Diego police.

It wasn't immediately clear why the driver stopped to talk to the men.

Moments later, one of the members of the trio pulled a gun and opened fire, wounding the motorist in the back, Officer Dino Delimitros said. The three then ran off.

Medics took the victim to a hospital for treatment of gunshot trauma that was not considered life-threatening, Delimitros said.

The shooter fled with two other men in an unknown direction. The three were described as Asian males, one in a white shirt with the letters "SD" on it in red printing, the others in black shirts, according to public-affairs Officer Billy Hernandez.

Police shut down traffic lanes near where the assault occurred and searched the neighborhood by ground and aboard a patrol helicopter.

Officers found a discarded gun possibly connected to the case in an alley near the site of the shooting, but the attacker and his companions remained at large as of Wednesday afternoon, according to police.