1 dead in Spring Valley shooting; suspect sought


SPRING VALLEY, Calif. – A man was shot and killed Thursday afternoon in Spring Valley, and sheriff’s deputies are searching for the shooter, authorities said.

Deputies found the victim, 67-year-old David Martinez, in the 1500 block of Presioca Street, according to a Friday news release prepared by Lt. Thomas Seiver of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Martinez’s primary cause of death was gunshot wounds and the manner of death was listed as a homicide, Seiver said.

Neighbors tell FOX 5 they heard shots ring out at about 5:30 p.m.

“I actually was just getting home,” neighbor Yarelly Ventura said. “It was like 5:30 p.m. I actually just heard the two gunshots and I walked inside of the house. And my dad screamed my name, right? And I come out and see all the cops.”

Crews rendered aid to Martinez, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

No information is available on the possible shooter or their motive.

“Deputies that responded in the area didn’t note any particular suspects,” Seiver told FOX 5 on Thursday. “We believe that this is an act of targeted violence.”

He added: “We don’t believe that there is anybody running around Spring Valley that the citizens need to be concerned about at this point.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 858-285-6330 or after hours at 858-565-5200. Callers also can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477

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