4 bystanders wounded after gunman fires into crowd near Belmont Park

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) — A man who got in a fight near Belmont Park at Mission Beach Saturday night turned around and opened fire into a crowd, wounding four people who police believe were uninvolved in the brawl, investigators said.

The shooting happened just after 10 p.m. Saturday near the park on Mission Boulevard.

A fight broke out between two groups of people at the intersection of Ventura Place and Mission Boulevard, said Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department. Two men ran a short distance from the altercation before turning back toward the crowd and firing multiple shots, according to Heims.

“One of the males fired several shots,” the officers said. “There were four victims that were shot.”

The shooting victims appeared to be unrelated to the original fight, he added.

Investigators found: a woman, 21, shot in the left thigh; a man, 19, hit in the right rib cage; a man, 30, shot in the right knee; and a man, 20, shot the left calf.

All victims were taken to the hospital and were expected to recover, Heims said.

After the shooting, the two men, both in their 20s, ran eastbound across 3100 Mission Boulevard into the Bonita Cove park. They remained at large Sunday morning, and a detailed description was not immediately available.

Northern Division detectives were investigating the incident.

Owner of Acapulco Bay Seafood, Rick Hernandez, was closing up his restaurant when he heard loud bangs pop off.

“There was three people on the floor and my son ended up saying hey you know what the guy that shot them got in the car and left”, Hernandez said. “It was kind of upsetting to see them laying down there, the first thing that comes to mind is their families when they find out.”

Saturday’s shooting is one of several in the area over the last year. Some nearby residents are calling on police and city officials to boost patrols in the area. 

“The crime is out of control in this town and nobody’s talking about it,” said nearby resident Adam Huntington. “I don’t know why our politicians are not talking about this, they’d rather talk about face masks than what’s actually destroying our community, it’s unreal, and not to say that COVID’s not a serious thing, you know if that’s your thing fine, but you know what COVID didn’t almost stab me twice in the last three years, just being out in my community.” 

Tony Felice, another nearby resident, said “at night, it’s a whole different experience.”

“It’s not the place you would want to bring your family at night unfortunately,” he said. 

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