Homicide investigation revealed that the couple was stopped for a traffic light at the intersection of Skyline Drive and Canton Drive when a lone gunman approached them on foot and, without speaking, fired a handgun into the vehicle, striking both occupants. The gunman then returned to a four-door light-colored sedan, which had stopped at the intersection at about the same time as the victim's car. The suspect's vehicle, which is believed to have been occupied by several people, left the scene heading eastbound on Canton Drive, said Lt. Dennis Brugos. The wounded female drove herself and her male companion to Kempf Street and Broadway.
Brugos indicates that this crime is still being investigated and anyone with information should call the Homicide Detail at 858-974-2321 or after hours at 858-565-5200. Crime Stoppers can also be contacted.
ANOTHER SUV INVOLVED IN A SHOOTING
200 South 65th Street, Encanto
June 10, 8:56 p.m.
Officers were dispatched to a report of a man being shot. On arrival, they found the man lying in the driveway of a residence suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead at 10:05 p.m. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the victim was standing on the street corner with an acquaintance when a dark-colored SUV, similar to a Suburban, pulled up to the pair. The driver made a comment to the victim and then fired a gun several times. The victim crossed the street and collapsed in a driveway. The victim is 19 and has not yet been identified. Lt. Jeff Sferra says the suspect is described as a black male, 25, heavyset, wearing a beanie-style cap. Anyone with information is asked to call the SDPD Homicide Unit or Crime Stoppers.
MAN DELIVERS FLOWERS, SHOOTS LOVER
3517 Camino del Rio South, Mission Valley
June 12, 1:56 p.m.
Officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting inside a medical office. Upon arrival, they found a female and a male suffering from gunshot wounds. Paramedics arrived and attempted emergency medical aid, but the female, Dawna Denize Wright, 31, was pronounced dead at 2:08 p.m. The male, a nurse at the medical office, had been grazed by a bullet and declined medical treatment at the scene. Wright worked as a receptionist at the medical office; she was seated in her workspace when a male approached her with a bouquet of roses. She asked if the roses were for her, and the male pulled out a gun and began firing.
At 3:11 p.m., Roger McDowell, 34, called police communications and reported that he had just killed his girlfriend at her workplace at 3517 Camino del Rio South. He said he was at his residence at 5100 Towle Court. Officers were dispatched there and took him into custody. It seems Wright and McDowell had known each other for years and had an "on-again/off-again" relationship, according to Lt. Jeff Sferra.
McDowell was booked on one count of murder and one count of attempted murder.
ANOTHER MURDER IN ENCANTO
6700 Mulberry Street, Encanto
June 14, 9:09 p.m.
Officers responded to a report of a dead body. A neighbor walking a dog had discovered the body of a male. With the assistance of the medical examiner's office, detectives determined that the male had been stabbed multiple times. The victim was 39, Hispanic, believed to be a San Diego resident but with no identification on his body. He was ID'ed after a fingerprint check, says Lt. Jeff Sferra, but his name is being withheld pending family notification.
MORE PEOPLE SHOT AND KILLED IN SPRING VALLEY
9400 Apple Street, Spring Valley
June 17, 10:33 p.m.
Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Grand Avenue and Apple Street in Spring Valley to investigate a report of gunshots being heard. At the location, an 18-year-old male gunshot victim (later identified as Gabriel Delgado) was found lying on a sidewalk. Lifesaving efforts began immediately, and the victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m., says Lt. Dennis Brugos.
Delgado was walking, with two companions through the parking lot of a closed business at 949 Grand Avenue when he contacted two or more individuals sitting in a parked car. It was at that time that Delgado was shot. Delgado and his companions ran eastbound on Apple Street from the shooting scene. Delgado, however, collapsed at the location (Horseshoe Liquor), where deputies found him. The suspect car took off. "Nobody knows the direction of travel or has any good description of the vehicle," Brugos says.
Anyone with any information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers or the Sheriff's Homicide Detail.
GANG-RELATED SHOOTING AT THE BIRDLAND 7-ELEVEN
7700 Starling, Linda Vista
June 19, 3:15 p.m.
The victim and several companions went to a 7-Eleven. There they encountered the suspect, Kevin Marquez, 18, who had had a previous confrontation with the victim. Marquez challenged the group and made a gang reference. The group left the store and Marquez followed them. The victim's companions ran away, and Marquez chased the victim behind a gas station and shot him. Marquez got into a nearby vehicle and drove away. Marquez was arrested by the SDPD Gang Suppression Unit at 220 Dunlop Street, Linda Vista, at 7:50 p.m.
The victim died at the hospital at 8:05 p.m. The medical examiner's office revealed him to be Gregory Smith, 20, of San Diego.
ANOTHER MAN SHOT IN SPRING VALLEY DIES
1500 Presioca Street, Spring Valley
June 21, 10:35 a.m.
Deputies received a call of an assault with a deadly weapon. Within minutes they arrived on scene. They were directed to a gravel driveway leading to several homes. Lying in the driveway was a 36-year-old male gunshot victim. Paramedics and fire personnel arrived a short time later. Lt. Dennis Brugos says medics tried to revive the victim, but he never regained consciousness. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:54 a.m. Preliminary witness accounts report that after one to three shots were heard, a male, possibly Hispanic, was seen fleeing the scene on foot, northbound on Presioca Street. The medical examiner's office revealed the victim to be Alvaro P. Higuera. Brugos indicates that the case is still actively being investigated.