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Authorities ID Man Killed in Shooting at Linda Vista Recreation Center

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One of two shooting victims is taken to an ambulance. Courtesy OnScene.TVAuthorities Wednesday publicly identified a 27-year-old man who was fatally shot last weekend in an apparently unprovoked attack near the handball courts at the Linda Vista Recreation Center.

Officers responding to reports of shots fire around 11 a.m. Sunday at the recreation center, 7064 Levant St., found San Diego-resident Israel Castro suffering from at least one gunshot to his upper body, San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown said.

Paramedics took Castro to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Brown said.

While officers were at the hospital, a 30-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound was brought in by a private vehicle, the lieutenant said. The man told officers he was also at the Linda Vista Recreation Center when he was shot.

Witnesses told police that a man wearing a mask and shorts was seen running from the scene and getting into a white four-door vehicle that sped off southbound on Linda Vista Road, Brown said. No detailed description of the suspect was released.

Anyone with information on the shootings was asked to call the SDPD’s homicide unit at 619-531-2293. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 888-580- 8477.

–City News Service

Authorities ID Man Killed in Shooting at Linda Vista Recreation Center was last modified: November 25th, 2020 by Debbie L. Sklar

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One dead, one injured in shooting near Linda Vista Recreation Center

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Police are searching for a suspect who fled the scene of a deadly shooting near the Linda Vista Recreation Center on Sunday.

San Diego Police say that officers were called to the area near 7000 Levant Street in Linda Vista just after 11 a.m. over reports of gunfire in the area. When officers arrived, they found one man who had been shot in the upper body.

Officer provided first aid to the man until San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel arrived. The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The victim has been identified but his identity was not released. He is described as a 27-year-old Hispanic man from San Diego.

While officers were at the hospital, a second man arrived with an apparent gunshot wound, police said. He said that he had also been injured outside of the same recreation center. The second victim has also been identified but his name was not released. He is described as a 30-year-old man from San Diego.

Police said witnesses reported seeing a man, possibly Hispanic, wearing a mask and shorts, running from the scene. He was seen getting into a small, white four-door vehicle that was last seen driving southbound on Linda Vista Road.

Officers said the two victims appeared to have been near the handball courts at the recreation center when they were injured. SDPD Homicide detectives were at the scene late Sunday investigating the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call SDPD’s Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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Man Gunned Down, Killed at Linda Vista Recreation Center

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A San Diego police cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

A 27-year-old man was shot in the head and killed late Sunday morning in Linda Vista. The gunman, who left the scene in a car driven by an accomplice, has not yet been found.

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Authorities say the slain man was at the handball courts at the Linda Vista Recreation Center on Levant Drive about 11 a.m. Sunday when the suspect approached him and gunned him down. A witness told OnSceneTV that he heard eight to 10 “pops” and then saw a man with a gun in his hand running toward a car occupied by a driver and passenger.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man who is about 5-feet 9-inches or 5-feet- 10 inches tall, and was wearing shorts. He fled the scene in a small, white four-door car that went south on Linda Vista Road.

Police say the recreation center was busy at the time of the shooting, with people playing tennis and others on the handball court where the victim was killed.

We don’t have a lot to go on at this time,” San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown said. “There’s people around here that know what happened, and we’d like to hear from them.”

Homicide detectives from the San Diego Police Department are investigating. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to called the San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

— Staff report

Man Gunned Down, Killed at Linda Vista Recreation Center was last modified: November 22nd, 2020 by Christine Huard

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