Wounded man found after ShotSpotter system detects gunshots

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Editor’s Note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the victim is in extremely critical condition at a local hospital.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A 24-year-old man shot in the Encanto neighborhood was hospitalized Thursday in critical condition, and the assailant was at large, according to the San Diego Police Department.

Shortly after 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, a gunshot detection system called ShotSpotter notified dispatchers of a possible gunshot fired in the 6100 block of Imperial Avenue, San Diego police Lt. Matt Dobbs said. A short time later, ShotSpotter detected a second possible gunshot near the 6300 block of Imperial Avenue.

Officers found the unidentified victim lying in the parking lot of a business with an apparent gunshot wound to his upper body, Dobbs said.

The victim was taken to a hospital and was listed in extremely critical condition Thursday afternoon, police said.

SDPD’s Homicide Unit was called in to take part in the investigation due to the seriousness of the man’s injuries.

“At this time, there is very little known about the circumstances surrounding this incident,” Dobbs said.

Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call SDPD’s homicide unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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