Suspect in deadly National City shooting claims self-defense, police say


NATIONAL CITY, Calif. — Police have arrested an 18-year-old man who turned himself in after a deadly shooting in the South Bay overnight, authorities said.

Police first got calls about gunfire at East 20th Street and A Avenue in National City around 4 a.m., according to National City Police Lt. Derek Aydelotte. The lieutenant told OnScene.TV that officers showed up to find a man with several gunshot wounds.

“Officers immediately attempted first aid. He was then transported to a local trauma center, and unfortunately he passed away,” Aydelotte said.

Shortly after the shooting, police say a man later identified as 18-year-old Israel Moreno Jr. called officials to say he had just shot someone. “Moreno claimed that the shooting was in self-defense,” National City Police Department wrote in a news release.

Moreno voluntarily came to NCPD, officials say, where he was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to county jail.

The claim of self-defense was “something we’ll take into consideration when investigating this case,” Lt. Aydelotte said, though he added that they would also be interviewing a variety of witnesses and collecting more physical evidence.

Aydelotte added that his department had “recovered” a handgun that they believe was used in the shooting, though he declined to characterize where and how they found the weapon.

The victim’s identity was not initially released.

Moreno was booked into the downtown San Diego Central Jail at 4 p.m. Sunday on a first-degree murder charge, according to jail records. He was scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the South Division Court in Chula Vista.

Anyone with information on the shooting was asked to call the NCPD Communications Center at 619-336-4411.

City News Service contributed to this story.

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