Deputies search for person who gunned down Fallbrook woman

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FALLBROOK, Calif – A woman died after she was shot in Fallbrook early Thursday, authorities said.

Witnesses heard at least one gunshot in the 1100 block of Vine Street around 1 a.m. and found a woman with severe injuries, according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Rich Williams. They provided medical aid to the woman until first responders arrived.

The victim, described as a Hispanic woman in her early 20s, was taken to a hospital where she died around 2 a.m., Williams said.

Sheriff’s detectives did not immediately release any details regarding a possible suspect and motive, but they did serve a search warrant late Thursday afternoon at a home on Ammunition Road.

Sgt. Steve Bodine said detectives searched for evidence at the home, but he did not confirm how it was connected to the shooting, or what detectives found inside.

The owner of a nearby car wash said that areas of South Vine Street, where the shooting occurred, have been known in the past for crime and gang activity. "We have well over 36 cameras here. I have alarms on everything. I put extra lights out here," Christian De Ferari told FOX 5.

"That’s one street I won’t even travel on, period. And it’s been that way for years," another Fallbook resident said.

But Lt. Williams said his department had seen improvement in the region: "I know in the past this area has had problems, but to the best of my knowledge, recently we haven't had any problems like this in the area. So it's more of an uncommon occurrence."

Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call sheriff's homicide investigators during business hours at (858) 285-6330 or during non-business hours at (858) 565-5200. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can also call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

“The best information we get outside of physical evidence comes from witnesses who call in," Williams said. "Even after the fact, when they hear little tidbits of information and take the time to call police and help us help the community by getting these suspects off the street."

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