8 injured, gunman dead in San Diego shooting
- Author: Audrey Hill May 12, 2017,
May 12, 2017, 6:55
A crowd gathers at Golden Haven Drive and Judicial Drive in University City after a gunman shot seven victims at the La Jolla Crossroads Apartment complex.
All victims were taken to area hospital.
Two vigils were planned for Wednesday for victim Monique Clark.
San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said they received a call about a shooting in progress just after 6 p.m. on Sunday and multiple calls continued to come in as police were en route.
Police are looking into the shooter's background. She only described him as a white man who was wearing brown shorts.
The shooter has been identified by police as Peter Selis born in 1967. At least one of the partygoers lived at the complex.
"These victims were just in his vicinity when he committed this bad tragedy", Zimmerman said, adding: "What started as a celebration of a friend's birthday party turned into a tragedy of epic proportions".
"At first I thought it was fire crackers and then I realized it was gunfire", the witness tells PEOPLE.
As police responded to 911 calls, officers in a helicopter above the complex directed ground units to the suspect in the pool area, she said.
"The victims were targeted for no reason other than their mere presence", police said.
His family said he was "distraught and depressed", police said, but they had no indication that he would resort to violence.
A man who witnessed the deadly shooting tells PEOPLE that he had just spoken with one of the victims before she was fatally shot by the gunman.
Police said the eight victims, all adults, were hospitalized. He confirmed that nobody in the party knew the shooter, who was sitting in close proximity to an exit.
His filing described his spouse as his "estranged wife" and said he worked as a auto mechanic at Mossy Ford in San Diego for the prior five years making $6,224 a month.
Selis, who faced significant debts, filed for bankruptcy in 2015. Griffin said "Ki" has undergone two surgeries.
One witness said the tenant who was celebrating his birthday walked up to Selis and invited him to join the celebration.
Blea had an injury to the leg, but did not give specifics.
"Public safety is the number one responsibility of local government, and as a Councilmember and chair of the Budget Committee, I will work with my colleagues to ensure that our public safety personnel has the resources it needs to keep our community safe". Their names were not immediately released. The other was the woman who did not survive.
A GoFundMe page has been created to cover medical expenses for the victims and funeral costs for Clark.
Bowser said police have a legitimate interest in keeping the public informed about the status of the case and help keep people calm after an emotional tragedy. We then made San Diego Fire Rescue aware.