Family of teen shot in face in College Area increases reward for information

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Authorities reached out to the public again Wednesday for help in identifying a man who shot a teenage boy during a fight in the College area, leaving him partially blind.

The victim’s family has increased an original $1,000 reward offer to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.

“The family is very committed to finding who did this,” San Diego police Lt. Adam Sharki told FOX 5, “and not just for the victim in this case, but for anyone in the future who might come across the individuals who took a gun and didn’t hesitate to use it in a crime of violence. Would like to get that person off the street.”

A little before midnight on Aug. 21, two 16-year-old boys left a party in the 4900 block of Campanile Drive and were approached by 20 to 30 college-aged men, according to San Diego police. The group accused the teens of throwing a bottle at them, then proceeded to chase them to the 5900 block of Baja Drive.

During an ensuing fracas, the assailants beat one of the boys, and one of the attackers pulled a gun and opened fired on him before fleeing with his cohorts to the west.

The gunfire did not directly strike the victim, but bullet fragments left him with facial cuts and the loss of his left eye, police said.

“We know that there was a lot of people that night when this event took place,” Sharki said, adding, “We know based upon the information we have, there are an awful lot of witnesses. We’re looking for some more of those witnesses.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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