SAN DIEGO – A pickup truck was set ablaze Thursday morning in Ocean Beach, gunshots were reported nearby about 30 minutes later and police and fire investigators were working to determine Thursday morning if the incidents were related.
The flames from the pickup truck were reported just before 1 a.m. in the 2300 block of Etiwanda Street, according to a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department incident log.
Firefighters quickly doused the fire, but about 30 minutes later, a shooting was reported about three-tenths of a mile away in the 4600 block of Muir Avenue, San Diego police Officer Sam Rodriguez said. It was believed someone fired at a vehicle in the area, but no injuries were immediately reported.
Two people were detained, Rodriguez said.
The owner of the truck saw his truck was on fire and moved it down the driveway to avoid flames from spreading to the home.
Investigators from the fire department’s Metro Arson Strike Team were on scene of the pickup truck fire for several hours Thursday morning and police were working to determine whether the fire and shooting were in anyway related.
“I live in the war zone,” said one resident.
For fear of retaliation, several neighbors spoke to FOX 5 but did not want to be identified.
“It’s always here on this corner house here,” said the man.
The said the house where the car fire occurred is a drug house.
“There’s this just constantly going on bike thieving, people walking in and out of this house and drugs,” said man.
From assaults to drug deals, the neighbors said they’ve seen it all.
“Everything bad in this neighborhood has come directly from that house,” said another resident. “Cops have been here several times, but nothing has happened.”
One neighbor said when it comes to police, he believes their hands are tied. He said the problem is the people at the house know the system all too well.
“They are intimately involved in the system, been a part of the system and they exploit the system,” said the man. “Something’s going to happen there, something really bad is going to happen there.”
FOX 5 contacted the San Diego Department regarding the issues of crime raised by the residents, but we did not hear back.