SAN DIEGO – A 14-year-old boy died Sunday after officers found him down on a City Heights sidewalk suffering from at least one gunshot wound, police said.
About 1:30 p.m., officers received a call about a shooting at Polk Avenue and 37th Street, north of University Avenue and several blocks to the west of Interstate 15, San Diego police Lt. Jud Campbell said.
A preliminary investigation indicated that the victim was walking down the street when he was approached by a group of men who eventually shot him. It was not immediately clear what prompted the shooting.
The boy, who was not publicly identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, Campbell said.
“I can’t imagine,” neighbor Ava Grubschmidt. “I really feel for his family.”
“It’s really scary,” neighbor Peyton Wilson said. “It’s scary it happened in general. It’s also scary that it happened so close to our home.”
Campbell said police believe the suspects to be a group of men driving in a light-colored sedan. The vehicle was last seen traveling southbound on 37th Street.
“We starting to hear a lot of commotion, really close by so we stepped outside, then when we saw all the lights going on right down the streets,” Grubschmidt said.
No further information on the shooting was released.
“This is obviously very sad,” Campbell said. “Very impactful for our community.
Those with information on the incident are asked to call the agency’s Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293. Anonymous tips also can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.