Editor’s note: This article has been updated after police clarified they are still investigating the cause of the man’s death.
SAN DIEGO — A 59-year-old man was found dead in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in University Heights early Wednesday, prompting a homicide investigation.
Authorities first arrived outside the fast food restaurant on El Cajon Boulevard and Texas Street before 3 a.m. They found the man down in the McDonald’s parking lot with injuries to his upper body. He was pronounced dead at the hospital despite life-saving attempts by first responders.
Officers with the San Diego Police Department had originally headed to the area after reports of gunfire there, but police said it was not immediately clear how the victim was wounded, though a knife was found at the scene.
“We do not know how this victim died,” a police spokesperson said by email. “That determination will be made by the Medical Examiner’s Office. The victim sustained injuries to his upper body however we do not know if they were gunshot wounds and/or knife wounds. A knife was found at the scene.”
Officers have learned the victim’s identity but aren’t sharing it at this time. Homicide detectives believe he may have been involved in some kind of fight with another man before he was attacked.
“The only suspect information we have at this time is a white male, approximately 40 years old. He was last seen driving a white SUV,” police said in a news release.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the homicide unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.