By Miriam Raftery
November 19, 2023 (Spring Valley)—Detectives with the Rancho San Diego Sheriff's Station are asking for public help to identify the suspect or suspects responsible for shooting and injuring five people last night,including one in serious conditoin.
Witnesses told deputies that a birthday party was being held at a home in the 9000 block of Ildica Street around 8 p.m. when they suddenly heard gunshots.Deputies from the Rancho San Diego, Santee and Alpine Sheriff's Stations, as well as Lemon Grove, Lakeside and Imperial Beach Sheriff's Substations responded and found a frantic scene.
“Deputies cleared and searched the area for the shooter or shooters while other deputies provided first aid by applying tourniquets on the shooting victims to stop the bleeding,” says Sergeant Noah Zarrow.
A Sheriff's K-9 handler and ASTREA helicopter also helped in looking for possible suspects while officers from the La Mesa Police Department and California Highway Patrol established a perimeter around the area of the shooting.
A 26-year-old man is hospitalized in critical condition. Four other shooting victims were taken to multiple hospitals with minor injuries, including two women, ages 27 and 30,and two men, ages 30 and 35.
“Two teenage boys were treated for burn injuries due to fireworks,” Sgt.Zarnow says. It is the policy of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department not to release information about minor victims.
“At this time, the shooting appears to be an isolated incident and there is no known threat to the public,” says Sgt. Zarnow, though no arrests have yet been made. The Sheriff’s department has declined to release further information, such as a possible motive, while the investigation continues.
Anyone who has information about the shooting including possible cell phone video and/or photos or surveillance video in the area is urged to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to a felony arrest. Call (888) 580-8477.