Brawl ending in gunfire blamed on love triangle

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. – A man who was allegedly on drugs opened fire early Monday on a group of drunken people arguing over a possible love triangle outside a home in Chula Vista, police said.

Police officers sent to a residence in the 800 block of Monserate Avenue near East Millan Street shortly after 1 a.m. were helping one of the brawlers make arrangements for a ride home when two shots were fired, according to a Chula Vista police statement. The officers believed they were being targeted.

Others who left the home after the shooting told police the suspect was armed with a shotgun, was under the influence of a controlled substance and was trying to flee.

Authorities summoned a SWAT team and crisis negotiators, but found the suspect a few blocks away before they arrived. Police said a shotgun likely used in the shooting was found in a backyard of a neighboring home.

The suspected shooter was arrested without incident, according to the police statement. His name was not immediately released.

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