CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed Thursday in this week’s second shooting at a Chula Vista park, and police still are searching for the shooter.
The boy was shot in the Eastlake neighborhood at Sunset View Park on South Greensview Drive, and police say some kind of argument at the park may have preceded the shooting. The Chula Vista Police Department said gunfire was reported just before 7:30 p.m., with police receiving multiple calls.
“It appears the victim went to the park prior to the shooting with some friends,” authorities said in a news release Friday. “While at the park, the victim got into an argument with several subjects possibly known to the victim. During the argument one of the subjects brandished a handgun and began shooting the victim.”
The teenage victim, who was not publicly identified by authorities, was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista, where he died, police say.
Witnesses described the suspect and his companions as four Black males, 17 to 20 years old and average height. They are believed to have driven off after the shooting in a dark-colored, 4-door Honda or Acura sedan.
It was the second shooting at the park in the past week. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported a 15-year-old was wounded in a shooting after a fight in a bathroom there. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the newspaper.
“I’ve worked with the police department and we’re going to have heavy patrols in the area to make sure the community knows we’re committed to their safety,” Chula Vista City Councilman John McCann told FOX 5.
Chula Vista Police Lt. Dan Peak told FOX 5 that the recent incidents are “very abnormal,” though it is not yet known if they are related. In Friday’s news release, officials echoed that it was simply too soon to say if the shootings had anything to do with one another.
“This is not an area where we expect to have incidents like this,” Peak said. “I can tell you the incident that occurred last weekend involved a juvenile. This incident tonight involved a juvenile. It appears to be some type of juvenile crimes that may be taking place.”
“We are actively investigating the incident and we appreciate your patience since we do not expect to have any further updates on the case today,” officials wrote in Friday’s update.
Anyone with tips was urged to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477, where tipsters can remain anonymous.