SAN DIEGO — Two young men were shot at Golden Hill Recreation Center Saturday night, and one of them later died from his wounds at the hospital, according to the San Diego Police Department.
Police first headed to the area around 8:30 p.m. after getting reports of gunfire near the park, but officers were told by people gathered near the rec center that there were no gunshots — only fireworks, said Lt. Andra Brown with the SDPD Homicide Unit.
Police kept investigating, however, and eventually learned that two men had indeed been shot at the park’s basketball courts. They were found suffering from apparent gunshot wounds and rushed to the hospital, but one of the victims, a 21-year-old man, died from his injuries there. An 18-year-old remained in treatment early Sunday.
At the scene, authorities detained three men who have not been providing police with information.
“At this time they are considered witnesses, but again, we are not getting a lot of information,” the lieutenant said.
Other people at the park appeared visibly shaken by the attack, some sobbing and talking animatedly with officers. Ultimately, leads on finding the shooter or shooters remained scarce.
“We don’t have any information [on a suspect] at this point. To say that we have more questions than answers is definitely the case,” Brown added. “Anybody with information — even if they don’t know if it’s helpful or not — give us a call, we’d really like to hear it. … We’re going to need some help on this one.”
Investigators blocked off the entire area surrounding the recreation center while they worked late into the night.