SWAT team called in after gunshots heard in South Bay

BONITA, Calif. -- Reports of gunfire in a neighborhood in Bonita brought out a SWAT team, where an alleged gunman was arrested and nine other people were detained Sunday.

No one was hurt, and sheriff's deputies ultimately arrested one person in connection with the incident.

A caller told police just before 4 a.m. Sunday that they could hear gunshots in a neighborhood east of Briarwood Road and south of state Route 54, San Diego County Sheriff's Department Lt. Michael McNeill said.

A Sheriff's Department SWAT team headed to the 5400 block of Robinwood Road, where they found shell casings and live rounds in the driveway of a house and initially detained nine people for questioning. Officers from the San Diego and Chula Vista police departments also responded to help.

While deputies and officers were conducting their investigation, they heard several more gunshots coming from nearby, McNeill said.

Deputies and officers saw a man run away, and they briefly chased him but lost sight of him, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. With the help of a police dog, they were able to find the man hiding in shrubs outside an apartment complex, and they detained him as well.

Deputies also found a gun and a magazine in the area, McNeill said.

The man, Salvador Barajas, 25, was first taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation before being booked into jail on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm.

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