Dispute Between 2 Men in Santee Leads to Shooting; 1 Wounded

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Updated 6 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2017

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A quarrel between two men at an apartment complex near Santana High School led Monday to a shooting that left one of the men wounded and the other under arrest, authorities reported.

The gunfire in the 9800 block of Shirley Gardens Drive in Santee was reported shortly before 11:30 a.m., according to sheriff’s officials.

Deputies arrived to find the suspected assailant, 53-year-old Grady Alan Neel, walking through the complex.

“Neel stated he was unarmed and (was) taken into custody without incident,” Lt. Anthony O’Boyle said.

Medics took the 35-year-old victim, whose name was not released, to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego for treatment of a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his upper body.

It was unclear what prompted the shooting, which occurred during an argument between the two men in front of the suspect’s second-floor apartment. Deputies found the gun that had wounded the victim inside the residence, O’Boyle said.

The wounded man, believed to be a transient, has friends in the complex, where he is a frequent house guest known to “couch-surf with anyone who will allow him,” the lieutenant said. The victim and the suspect were acquaintances and had been with each other earlier in the day, the lieutenant said.

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Neel was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of assault with a firearm. He was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

—City News Service

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