3 shot when gunfire erupts at apartment complex near Legoland

CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Three people were shot at an apartment complex near Legoland California just before sunrise Saturday morning.

It happened about 5:50 a.m., when Carlsbad police received multiple reports of shots being fired at an apartment complex in the 5500 block of Whitman Way -- just east of the intersection of Cannon Drive and Faraday Avenue, and less than a mile from Legoland.

“At this time…. We don’t believe there are any other outstanding suspects. We do have detectives on scene both at the hospitals and here at the scene investigating as to why the shooting occurred,” said Carlsbad Police Captain Mickey Williams.

Officers found a man and a woman, each with "a serious gunshot wound," in a courtyard area inside the complex, Carlsbad Police spokeswoman Jodee Reyes said. They were also able to find a suspect in the apartment complex, a man who was suffering from what was described as a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

The two victims and the suspect were all taken to a hospital for treatment. No further information on their conditions was released.

“It seemed really quiet and really nice, and for something like this to happen it’s just kind of shocking,” said resident Frank Pierce.

Pierce moved to the Carlsbad apartment complex from Austin, Texas. The shooting happened just a few units away.

“They knew each other, it was contained to them so that gives me a little bit of comfort I guess, but they still got shot,” said Pierce.

Detectives were trying to piece together how the shooting occurred, but they believe the three knew each other and the shooting was not random, Reyes said. They don't believe there are any outstanding suspects.

“The nature of that relationship we’re not sure at this point but our investigators will be looking into that,” said Captain Williams.

A portion of the apartment complex continued to be closed off Saturday morning while detectives conducted their investigation.

“We do have an apartment that we believe is a crime scene -- our detectives are in the process of securing a search warrant ... So we will be out here for quite a while processing both the parking lot, courtyard, the apartment that’s in question and through any other areas that we learn to be involved in this incident," said Captain Williams.