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Family gathering turned violent in fatal Carlsbad shooting

SAN DIEGO -- Police revealed new details Saturday in their investigation into a fatal shooting at a Carlsbad apartment complex less than a mile from Legoland last week.

Police say that after a verbal dispute at a family gathering, a suspect returned with a gun and shot two people. The suspect also managed to shoot himself. The suspect was identified as 25-year-old Jonathan Wilburn of Carlsbad.

The shooting happened about 5:50 a.m. Aug. 4, 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.

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 at the time. They were also able to find a suspect in the apartment complex, later identified as Jonathan Wilburn, who was suffering from what was described as a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Police now believe Wilburn got into a dispute with family members at a gathering that morning, retrieved a firearm and shot the two victims, in addition to accidentally shooting himself.

The female victim sustained non-life threatening injuries, while the man sustained an injury that put him in critical condition, police said. On Aug. 10, the victim in critical condition succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital.

Wilburn was arrested and taken to Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of murder, assault with a deadly weapon and felony discharge of a firearm, and was being held without bail.

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