1 killed in Ramona shooting


SAN DIEGO – Ten hours after a man was shot and killed in Ramona, search teams scoured an empty field and investigators launched a drone as they looked for additional evidence.

The shooting happened Thursday morning and authorities shut down a stretch of state Route 78 to search for the gunman.

“Helicopters, police dogs, and that street is still blocked,” Robin Hotchkiss, a neighbor, said of the scene in the area Thursday.

The shooting was reported shortly before 5:50 a.m. in the 600 block of Pine Street, just north of Olive Street, San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Moreno said. One person was killed, Moreno said, adding that no details about the victim were immediately available.

Around 7 a.m., authorities shut down state Route 78 between Ash and Olive streets while deputies on the ground searched for the suspected gunman with the help of a sheriff’s helicopter. Motorists were advised to avoid the area.

No detailed suspect description was immediately available.

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