Gang Violence Suspected after Teenager’s Bloody Body Found in Vista

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A San Diego Sheriff’s Department cruiser at the scene of the homicide in Vista. Courtesy OnScene.TV

An investigation was underway Wednesday into the possibly gang-related killing of a teenager whose body was found in a pool of blood in the middle of a roadway in Vista.

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The unidentified victim, who was between 16 and 18 years old, had suffered “severe trauma to his upper body.” A San Diego Sheriff‘sdeputy responding to a call from the public came upon the body in traffic on southbound Smilex Road just south of state Route 78 shortly after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, homicide Lt. Kenneth Nelson said.

Several witnesses told investigators they heard multiple gunshots ring out just beforehand.

A witness told 10News that she saw the teen’s body with severe head trauma while driving home from work and called 911.

Nelson said a motive for the violence has yet to be determined, but it was possible the slaying was gang-related. No suspect information was immediately available.

Anyone with information on the case was asked to call the sheriff’s department at (858) 974-2321, or after hours, at (858) 565-5200. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

— City News Service

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