Murder suspect still missing after six-hour SWAT search

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SAN DIEGO -- A SWAT team was stationed at an apartment building in North Park for six hours on Sunday, but their search for a shooting suspect came up empty.

The shooting occurred outside a 24 Hour Fitness in the 3600 block of Midway Drive, where a man was killed just before 11 a.m., police said.

The suspect, described as a 40-year-old, Hispanic male was believed to be in an apartment near the intersection of 30th and Upas Streets, according to Officer Dino Delimitros of the San Diego Police Department.

SWAT teams responded to the apartment at around noon. Negotiators could be heard over loudspeakers attempting to coax the suspect out of the building.  Roads in the area were blocked off by police and remained closed as the standoff entered its sixth hour.

But shortly after 6 p.m., the SWAT team packed up and left the scene. SDPD confirmed that the team had entered the apartment and the suspect had not been found.

As the search continued Sunday evening, more details emerged about the shooting and investigation.

Acting SDPD Lt. Duane Malinowski confirmed that after receiving a 911 call shortly before 11 a.m., police found a 27-year-old man lying between two vehicles with at least one gunshot wound to his upper torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“I noticed a white male chasing two other white males across the parking lot," a witness told FOX 5. "One of the white males fell down in between the cars and ... the suspect sat up in between, on top of the guy and then shot him."

Malinowski described the suspected shooter as a "recent acquaintance" of the victim, but did not reveal the evidence that led them to the suspect's apartment building.

At this time, the names of the suspect and victim have not been released.

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