Crime

Gunman Shoots Seven People At Pool Party, Kills One (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante

Seven adults were wounded and one is dead after a San Diego man opened fire during a pool party.

The incident occurred at a University City apartment complex on April 30 around 6 p.m., The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Peter Selis, 49, fired a semi-automatic pistol, injuring six people and killing one.

Witness Drew Phillips said his friend, who was celebrating his birthday, had offered Selis food and drink before the shooting started.

“Six or seven minutes later it’s just pow, pow, pow, pow -- out of nowhere,” Phillips told The San Diego Union-Tribune. “There was no indication that he was there to do evil.”

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Selis never left his poolside chair when he opened fire at the party, according to witnesses. He was described as "relaxing and shooting people" by one witness.

"We looked at the pool area where the shooter was sitting there with a beer in one hand and a gun in the other," one witness told KSWB. "The suspect looked pretty relaxed, pretty relaxed."

All of the victims were minorities, police said. Four black women, two black men and one Latino man were shot. The name of the woman who died has not been released at this time.

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Another partygoer fell and broke his arm while trying to escape from the shooting.

Phillips said he hopped a fence and found one of the victims lying on the ground.

“He was just laying there, and just the look in his eyes -- sheer terror,” Phillips recalled. “I threw my phone down. I just picked him up and I just carried him. I basically ran as fast as I could with him in my arms.”

Another witness, 20-year-old Kaela Wong, said she heard Selis threatening women trying to help a wounded partygoer.

“You can either leave or you can stay here and die,” Selis said, according to Wong.

A police helicopter arrived at the scene before officers on the ground. Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said officers from the helicopter saw Selis reloading his weapon.

Authorities shot Selis when he pointed his gun at them, Zimmerman said. She added that it is unclear if Selis fired at the officers.

Amit Godbole, who lives in the complex, said he could hear the gunfire from his apartment.

“It was like a war zone or something,” Godbole said. “There would be three or four shots, a pause and then more shots. I was trying to count them. I counted 30 or 40.”

Seven of the shooting victims, including the man who was celebrating his birthday and the man who broke his arm, were taken to nearby hospitals. Many of the victims remain in critical condition, Zimmerman said.

“Our hearts go out to all the victims, their families and anyone who witnessed this tragic event,” Zimmerman said.

Investigators have not determined a motive at this time. Police are also unsure if Selis knew any of the victims.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer called the crime a "horrific act."

“We stand united as a city to reject this senseless violence,” Faulconer said during a press conference.

Sources: The San Diego Union-Tribune, KSWB / Photo credit: Pixabay, Mossy Ford via Daily Mail, KSWB

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