A man was arrested after two overnight shootings in downtown San Diego left one person dead and four others injured, authorities said early Friday.
Officers responded to a report of gunfire in the 500 block of J Street about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown told reporters during a press conference.
Investigators believe the suspect had an “encounter” with a man outside a hotel and shot him. The 28-year-old victim, who was found near a valet station, died on the scene, Brown said. It was unclear if he worked at the hotel or a valet company.
After that shooting, the suspected gunman walked northbound to the next block, confronted a group of men and opened fire again, authorities said. Four men were wounded in the second incident, according to police. Three were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The fourth man was treated at the scene.
The suspect was taken into custody after an officer used a Taser on him, Brown said. He was later taken to a hospital for injuries related to the Taser and confrontations with nearby witnesses. Police have not released his name or the charges against him.
The deadly incident is the latest in a growing number of shootings in the United States this year.
On Wednesday, a man suspected of shooting and killing one person and injuring another at a Pennsylvania gas station died in an apparent suicide. Authorities didn’t provide details about a potential motive for the deadly shooting.
On Tuesday, a “troubled employee” opened fire inside a Stop & Shop supermarket on Long Island, killing a manager and wounding two co-workers. The suspect was caught at a nearby apartment building on Terrance Avenue in Hempstead.
And last Thursday, authorities said a gunman killed eight people at an Indianapolis FedEx facility before killing himself. Four others who were shot and another who was injured were taken to hospitals. Officials identified the alleged gunman as a former FedEx employee. Four of the eight victims were from the Sikh community.
In 2021, there have been at least six large-scale shootings, including the one in Indianapolis, according to NBC News.