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LA MESA -- Police are investigating a shooting that left a victim in the hospital in critical condition with at least one head wound and dozens of police units searching house to house on and around Amarillo Avenue looking for two suspects.
Police received a call at 5:22 p.m. Thursday of shots fired on Amarillo not far from Clay and El Paso streets. Police arrived to find a white male in his 20s lying in the street with a head wound.
Nearby residents said two other men had just fled the area and police began searching. There were reports of a "sweaty" white male asking one nearby resident for a ride. There was another report of someone entering the Church of Christ on Kelton. (See map below.)
Police and Sheriff's helicopters and canine units flooded the area but by 7:30 there had been no arrests and police sources were saying the victim had been shot multiple times in the head. Police established a base on Amarillo not far from the shooting scene (photo above) and managed search crews from there.
Police later issued these descriptions of the two suspects:
Suspect #1: Hispanic male in his mid 20s about 5 foot 9 inches tall with dark hair and a normal build, was last seen running westbound from the scene.
Suspect #2: White male in his mid 20s wearing a white ball cap, a t-shirt and baggy gray shorts, was last seen running eastbound from the scene.
Anyone with information is urged to call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400.
You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com). You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.
Officials had not released the identity of the shooting victim and his condition was not immediately known, but other police sources said they didn't expect the victim to survive. La Mesa police said the extent of the wound was not known, but confirmed there was more than one shot fired. It was not clear if the victim was conscious when police arrived.
There were several possible witnesses to the shooting, police said, but interviews would be conducted after the situation settled. There was no immediate indication that the victim or the suspects had ties to the neighborhood, a well-kept working class area just north of Grossmont Center.
Neighbors milled around in the street on Amarillo and other nearby streets, checking with police units and checking on neighbors.
This was the second shooting in two weeks in La Mesa. Police are still investigating the shooting death that occurred near Bancroft and the 125 on Sept. 21st.
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