SAN DIEGO – Police arrested the alleged gunman in the deadly shooting of a bar manager in the Gaslamp Quarter early Monday.
According to police, the shooting happened around 2 a.m. An argument between the victim and a group of men at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Market Street quickly escalated and a 33-year-old man was shot at least once in the upper body, San Diego police Lt. Matt Dobbs said.
Bystanders jumped in and were providing medical aid when officers arrived, Dobbs said. Police and paramedics also attempted to save the man, but he died at the scene. The name of the victim was withheld pending family notification, but friends of the dead man said his first name was Joey. No other injuries were reported.
Witnesses told FOX 5 that the victim was the bar manager at the Myst Lounge hookah bar.
“It’s very shocking,” said Shaun Speerman, a good friend of the man.
"Honestly, he was one of those guys that always looked out for people. He was at his own venue and then took off and said he was going to go see some friends at another place, and that was it.”
Jonathan Hernandez, 23, and another man left the area in a taxi that was later stopped by officers on Imperial Avenue in Imperial Beach, according to Dobbs. Both men were taken into custody.
Hernandez was arrested and booked into jail. He faces murder charges.
Speerman said his friend Joey was a father who leaves behind a 3-year-old son.
“I know for sure that they will remember him as one of the good guys," Speerman said.
The Myst Lounge is expected to hold a memorial Tuesday night.