In what has been a very unfortunate month in regards to major newsworthy crimes, two members of the San Diego Police Department were shot yesterday, one fatally, but there is very little information available about the San Diego shooting case and its nature. Who were the shooters? Was there even more than one? Why were San Diego officers shot specifically? We’ll probably get answers to these questions in the coming days, but for now, here’s what we know about the San Diego suspects and the shooting itself.
San Diego Officers Shot
On the evening of Thursday, July 28 in the Southcrest neighborhood of San Diego, California, just south of downtown, two members of the San Diego police were shot just before 11:00 p.m. The officers had been performing a routine traffic stop were they were suddenly assaulted by gunfire by an unknown number of assailants. After pulling over their car, the officers requested emergency cover, which was answered by many fellow officers.
The two initial officers were discovered with multiple gunshot wounds. One was taken via patrol car to a local hospital. Around 3:30 a.m., San Diego Police Chief Shirley Zimmerman took to Twitter to announce that the officer was out of surgery, writing, “He is expected to survive!”
The other officer, however, was not so lucky. Hurried to Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest via patrol car, the officer unfortunately succumbed to his wounds, despite the best efforts by doctors.
Neither of the San Diego officers shot have been identified as of yet, although tweets by Zimmerman and the San Diego Police Department have confirmed that both victims are male. The police chief also confirmed that the deceased has left behind a wife and two children.
San Diego Shooters
After news hit of the San Diego shooting, obvious questions point towards the shooter (or shooters) and their motive. One suspect is in custody, again unnamed so far, following a manhunt that covered Boston Avenue and surrounding areas. The suspect found was also suffering from a gunshot wound and was taken to a nearby hospital. The manhunt continued this morning with the use of SWAT vehicles and a helicopter.
Zimmerman has stated that a second suspect is being looked for, implying there are at least two San Diego shooters. She also noted that they have no idea what caused the shooting or if it was premeditated. She advised Southcrest neighborhood, San Diego residents to stay indoors.
With the recent string of police shootings, including five in Dallas, Texas and three in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, many may be concerned that this is just the latest in a string of acts of violence against police. However, with no further information available right now, there’s no reason to suspect that the San Diego shooting was motivated by race, religion or one of the other recent reasons for anti-police violence; for all we know, the San Diego shooters were simply small-time crooks afraid of getting caught.
Expect more information about this case to become available to the public in the coming days as more information regarding the victims, the suspect and the motivation behind this heinous crime are made aware to the general public. Our thoughts are with the friends and family of both the injured and deceased officers in their time of need.