SAN DIEGO – Police say they are investigating whether a string of similar BB gun attacks on people and vehicles from a white sedan are connected.
Five people were shot by BB guns and more than a dozen car and store windows were damaged during the series of incidents in three cities over the weekend.
The reports began pouring in early Sunday morning from Downtown San Diego, National City, Paradise Hills and Coronado. Witnesses in San Diego and Coronado indicate that the shots were fired from a white sedan, which police are now searching for. But investigators are hesitant to say for sure that all the incidents are related.
“It’s something that we’re working very diligently,” said San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit. “[We’re] looking across the board, seeing if there’s any connections to other cases. There were some cases also in another city, so we want to make certain that we’re connecting with those other agencies and just trying to figure this out.”
San Diego Police Lt. Shawn Takeuchi said five people were shot from the rear of a white sedan that drove through downtown San Diego shortly after midnight, a witness told a videographer. The shootings happened outside the Omni Hotel on Island Avenue, where at least two people were hit, and on Park Boulevard, where a vehicle's back window was shot out, according to SDPD Officer Dino Delimitros. A woman was injured in the shootings and treated at the scene. Another victim declined treatment. Takeuchi could not confirm if anyone was taken to the hospital.
There were also several cars struck by BBs late Saturday in the Paradise Hills neighborhood, Takeuchi said.
The Coronado Police Department also reported in a Facebook post that 23 BB-gun incidents happened around town on Sunday morning. The department anticipates additional reports of vehicles damaged by BB guns.
Additional BB gun attacks occurred in National City, where police responded to at least three reports of someone shooting BB guns that broke vehicle windows, National City Police Lt. Christopher Sullivan told the San Diego Union Tribune. The incidents occurred on Sunday morning on Grove Street near East 16th Street, Stancrest Lane near East 14th Street and on East Plaza Boulevard near Grove Street, Sullivan said.
Karen Telles, who lives in Paradise Hills, told FOX 5 that two of her family’s vehicles suffered damage to the driver’s side windows. Telles said she had to pay about $400 out of pocket to cover repairs.
“It’s just really disappointing that someone has such a disregard for other people’s property,” said Telles.
A neighbor provided surveillance video to FOX 5 showing three vehicles slow down slightly in front of parked cars before driving off early Sunday morning.
The San Diego, Coronado and National City police departments are working together to investigate the incidents. Police are asking anyone with any information about the incidents to come forward.