SDPD investigation
Police on scene of the fatal shooting that resulted in a standoff with a suspect. Photo: OnSceneTV

Authorities Wednesday released the names of the victim and suspect in a fatal weekend shooting outside a Point Loma Heights workout center.

Officers responding to reports of gunfire in the area of 24 Hour Fitness, 3675 Midway Drive, found 27-year-old Alexander Mazin of San Diego mortally wounded in a rear parking lot shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday, according to police. He died at the scene from wounds to his upper body.

Detectives soon identified the suspected killer as Ernesto Castallenos Martinez, 41, and determined that he might have fled to an apartment in the 3000 block of Upas Street in North Park.

About an hour after the shooting, officers surrounded the residence and tried in vain to contact Martinez, who was believed to have been acquainted with the victim. Following a roughly six-hour standoff, a SWAT team forced entry to the apartment, discovering that the suspect was not there.

Martinez remained at large as of Wednesday afternoon, Lt. Todd Griffin said.

Officials have released no suspected motive for the slaying.

–City News Service