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Nick Cannon: SD Shooting Victim Was Childhood Friend (Photos)

| by Michael Howard

Actor and comedian Nick Cannon has revealed that the mother of three who was shot to death at a San Diego pool party on April 30 was a childhood friend of his.

The 36-year-old TV personality lamented the death of Monique Clark on Instagram, calling her a "beautiful spirit with an infectious smile."

Clark, 35, was hanging out with a group of friends at a San Diego apartment complex when 49-year-old Peter Selis reportedly began shooting into the crowd, hitting seven people before being shot dead by police, according to the New York Daily News.

Clark later died at a nearby hospital. All other victims were expected to survive.

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"My heart hurts with great sadness tonight," Cannon wrote on Instagram. "I just learned that the one life lost in the senseless and tragic mass shooting in San Diego was my childhood friend, who was more like family, Miss Monique Clark. Such a beautiful spirit with an infectious smile."

"I have nothing but wonderful memories of this Angel," he added. "Tears can't express the pain and shock."

San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman stated that Seles was "despondent" and "distraught" after breaking up with his girlfriend a few days prior to the shooting. She described the crime as a "spontaneous act of violence" and said Seles did not know his victims.

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Zimmerman added that, while all the victims were either black or Latino, the white Seles is not believed to have been motivated by racial considerations.

"The victims were targeted for no other reason than their mere presence in the vicinity of the suspect," she said. "We have zero information that this was racially motivated. These victims were just in his presence at the wrong place at the wrong time when he committed this terrible tragedy."

Seles reportedly called his ex-girlfriend on his mobile phone during the shooting so that she could "listen in."

"He was on the lounge chair while he was shooting," Zimmerman said. "We do know that he was on the cell phone talking with his ex-girlfriend while he was continuing to shoot."

He was killed by responding police officers after reportedly aiming a handgun at them.

"This is truly a horrific act of violence," San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said during a press conference, according to the New York Daily News. "Our entire city, all of our thoughts and prayers, all San Diegans' thoughts and prayers, are with the victims and their families tonight."

Seles, a former car mechanic, did not have a known criminal record. He owned a registered .45 SIG Sauer handgun.

Court records show that Seles filed for bankruptcy in 2015 amid a failing marriage. At the time he was $108,028 in debt and owned only $14,100 in assets.

He listed three children, ages 19, 16 and 12, on the bankruptcy form.

Sources: nickcannon/Instagram, New York Daily News / Photo Credit: Jorge Gonzalez/Flickr, Facebook via Daily Mail, Mossy Ford via Daily Mail

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