Man shot in Escondido parking lot

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. — A man was in custody Saturday after a shooting in a parking lot in Escondido.

About 9 p.m. Friday, officers responded to a report of a gunshot heard near the 1500 block of South Juniper St., according to Lt. Mark Petersen of the Escondido Police Department.

Officers were unable to find any sign of a shooting, Petersen said, but about 10-15 minutes after it was reported, employees at Palomar Medical Center contacted police to inform them a gunshot victim was at the hospital.

Petersen said officers then returned to the area where the gunshot was reported and were able to find a witness to the shooting, determined to have occurred in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 1580 S. Juniper Street.

After an investigation, officers identified a specific apartment believed to be associated with the shooting.

While police waited for a warrant to search the apartment, a suspect returned to the scene and was arrested. That suspect was identified as 23-year-old Rene Alfaro.

Petersen said the victim — identified as a 20-year-old man — was taken into surgery for a gunshot wound to the chest immediately after arriving at the hospital Friday.

He remained in critical condition Saturday.

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