San Diego, CA- One woman was killed and seven people were wounded, several critically, when a white man opened fire Sunday at an apartment complex swimming pool where a number of adults were attending a birthday party.
Police rushed to the apartment building in the University City area and fatally shot the man after he pointed his gun at officers, San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said.The reports were grim: A white man wearing brown shorts was armed with a gun and shooting at what two witnesses described as approximately 30 people around the pool, most of them African American.
A police helicopter reached the area first and, from above, authorities could see a shooter near the pool who appeared to be reloading his weapon, Zimmerman said.
Despite the fact The suspect, Peter Selis, 49, shot four black women, two black men and one Latino man Sunday before being killed by police, Zimmerman said Selis, who was white, was despondent over a breakup with a girlfriend and race was not a factor.
Selis was speaking with his ex-girlfriend on his cellphone during the rampage because he wanted her to hear the carnage, Zimmerman said, adding that Selis’ family knew he was distraught but said there was no indication he would resort to violence.
A witness who saw the chaos from his apartment window told local TV station KGTV that the shooter appeared calm as he mowed down the victims.
“We could see the shooter sitting there with a beer in one hand and a gun in the other,” the witness, who was not identified, told the station.
“This is truly a horrific act of violence that took place here today,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said at a late-night news conference. “Our entire city, all of our thoughts and prayers, all San Diegans’ thoughts and prayers, are with the victims and their families tonight.”