Parking valet killed in Gaslamp shooting identified

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SAN DIEGO — The parking valet who was killed Thursday in a pair of shootings in the Gaslamp Quarter was publicly identified Monday by San Diego police.

Justice Boldin, 28, was fatally shot in the first of two attacks by the same shooter, authorities say. He was working as a valet when he was shot near the corner of Fifth Avenue and J Street, according to police. Officers and then paramedics tried to save Boldin’s life, but he died at the scene.

Boldin’s family told FOX 5 that he’d moved to San Diego about 11 months ago. He loved baseball and was a fan of the Dodgers, like his father, uncle Stephen Boldin said.

“He always had a smile on his face and just loved his parents and his family and his faith was very important to him,” Stephen said.

The gunman then headed north on Fifth Avenue and opened fire on a group of men, wounding four of them, police said.

A group of citizens detained the suspect until officers arrived, police said. Police arrested Travis Sarreshteh, 32, on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

“Our ACE Parking family is deeply saddened about the incident that occurred last night in the Gaslamp. Our condolences go out to the victim, a beloved ACE employee, and his family,” said Keith B. Jones, the company’s owner.

ACE Parking set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Boldin’s family.

Family members couldn’t believe how quickly the community came together to show support. Pendry and ACE Parking donated $10,000 each. The Padres also made a donation along with numerous others.

Stephen Boldin said many also sent cards and flowers to the family.

“That goes such a long way and for his mom and his relatives,” he said. “It’s going to be very important to be able to get through all this.”

San Diego police identified the other shooting victims as:

  • Vincent Gazzani, a 27 year-old resident of Perrineville, New Jersey. He sustained serious gunshot injuries to his upper body and remains hospitalized in stable condition;
  • Steven Ely is 68 year-old San Diego resident, who also remains hospitalized in stable condition with a gunshot wound to his torso;
  • Alexander Balis, a 26 year-old resident of Mullica Hill, New Jersey, has been released from the hospital after being treated for a gunshot wound to his arm; and
  • Jatil Kodati, a 28 year-old resident of Jersey City, New Jersey, was treated at the scene for a gunshot injury to his arm.

Boldin said he wants all involved to feel the same support as his own family.

“I want that comfort also to be extended to the other victims in this case and just let them know that we are praying for them as well,” he said.

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