Police seek information in deadly recreation center shooting

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SAN DIEGO — Authorities are asking for the public’s help after a shooting Saturday night at the Golden Hill Recreation Center killed one man and wounded another.

Homicide detectives say they do not have any information on suspects at the moment and three men who were detained at the scene by police have not been providing police with information.

“We don’t have any information [on a suspect] at this point. To say that we have more questions than answers is definitely the case,” Lt. Andra Brown with the SDPD Homicide Unit said. “Anybody with information — even if they don’t know if it’s helpful or not — give us a call, we’d really like to hear it. … We’re going to need some help on this one.”

The shooting killed a 21-year-old man and wounded an 18-year-old, who remained in stable condition at a local hospital.

Police first headed to the area Saturday around 8:30 p.m. after getting reports of gunfire near the park, but officers were told by people gathered near the rec center that there were no gunshots — only fireworks, said Brown.

However, authorities then learned that two men had indeed been shot at the park’s basketball courts.

Other people at the park appeared visibly shaken by the attack, some sobbing and talking animatedly with officers. People returned to the recreation center Sunday surprised to hear about the violence.

“It’s scary, it’s devastating, it’s sad, because we’ve been playing here for probably 20 years, and we see groups of people playing different kinds of sports here,” said Hilario Garcia, who plays baseball there weekly. “It gets intense, but it’s just the first time I’ve heard of it. This can definitely happen any day, any place. It’s just shocking that it happened somewhere where I would call home, because I’m here every Sunday.”

A makeshift memorial with candles was placed near the scene of the crime.

Anyone with information was asked to call Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477.

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