Saturday 24 February 2018

San Diego shooting: What we know so far

By Nilima Marshall

One dead and six injured after shooting at a pool party.

Police say they have shot and killed a 49-year-old man suspected of shooting seven people at a birthday pool party in an apartment complex near the University of California, San Diego.

One of the victims, a woman, later died in hospital.

What happened?

Officers received reports of a man shooting people by the swimming pool at around 6pm on Sunday, Chief Shelley Zimmerman said at a news conference.

Four black women, two black men, and one Hispanic man were taken to hospitals with gunshot wounds, she said. One of the women later died.

Several victims were in surgery late on Sunday and others were in a critical state, Zimmerman added.

One man was taken to the hospital after he broke his arm while fleeing.

What’s the reaction been?

“This is truly a horrific act of violence that took place here today,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said at a 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.”

People also shared messages of support for the victims and their families on Twitter:

What do we know about the suspect?

A police helicopter arrived to the scene first and the pilot reported seeing multiple victims and that the suspect, Peter Selis, was still in the pool area and appeared to be reloading.

Zimmerman said three officers on the ground shot the suspect after he pointed a large-calibre hand gun at them.

Police believe that Selis lived in the complex but have not discovered a motive.

The authorities said one of the partygoers is believed to live at the same complex.

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