Police ID Dead Gunman Who Killed 1, Wounded 4 in City Heights

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A gunman who fatally shot one person and wounded three others outside his ex-girlfriend’s City Heights apartment before he was killed by police was identified Tuesday as a 22-year-old San Diego man.

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Juan Carlos Fernandez went to his former girlfriend and her family’s home on Marlborough Avenue near Wightman Street around 9:15 p.m. Sunday and a fistfight ensued, according to San Diego police and the county Medical Examiner’s Office. Immediately afterward, he allegedly retrieved a gun from a parked car, then opened fire on several people in the apartment complex’s courtyard.

Four people were shot, and one later died in a hospital, authorities said. That person’s name has yet to be made public.

Arriving officers came upon the suspect holding one of the victims, a wounded woman, in a headlock and dragging her toward the passenger side of his vehicle, San Diego Police Capt. Brian Ahearn said. The suspect was told to drop his weapon, but he instead pointed it at the hostage and made statements indicating he would hurt her, officers or both, which prompted an officer to fatally shoot him.

Fernandez died at the scene from a gunshot wound, authorities said.

— City News Service

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