August 26, 2011 (Jacumba) – An “international traveler” who crossed the U.S.-Mexican border was shot by a property owner in Jacumba around 5:27 p.m. yesterday. The shooting occurred in the 42000 block of Old Highway 80. The patient was life-flighted to Sharp Memorial Hospital.
“He sustained serious injuries and has just undergone surgery,” Sgt. Manual Diaz told East County Magazine today, adding that the wounds are not considered life-threatening.
“Border Patrol agents were flagged down by a Hispanic male who said his friend had just been shot by a resident in the Jacumba area,” said Sgt. Diaz. Both men were “international travelers,” added Diaz, who confirmed that the men had crossed the border illegally from Mexico. Border Patrol found the victim, who had sustained a small-caliber single gunshot wound to the left lower back area.
Border Patrol agents reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Department. Rural deputies and a detective were able to identify a person of interest in the shooting.
The person who fired the shot is a Jacumba property owner who did not know the victim and has no past history of violent crime.
“At this point we don’t have any information on whether it was intentional or accidental,” Sgt. Diaz told ECM. A detective is currently at the hospital waiting to talk with the victim after he recovers from surgery sufficiently to speak with law enforcement. The shooting victim is in stable condition currently.