Petco Park
Petco Park. Photo by Chris Stone

A man was severely beaten Sunday by a group of teenagers near Petco Park and police said he wasn’t expected to survive.

The attack happened about 2:10 p.m. near the pedestrian bridge adjacent to Petco Park, San Diego Police Lt. Matt Dobbs said.

Police and paramedics responded to the scene. The victim was unresponsive near the bridge, Dobbs said.

Life-saving efforts were initiated and the man was taken to a hospital in grave condition, Dobbs said.

Investigators learned the man got into an argument with a group of teenagers and was knocked to the ground. Some of the juveniles beat the man — said to be in his 40s — while he was on the ground, according to Dobbs.

When witnesses started yelling at the teens to stop, they fled east on Imperial Avenue. Police detained several teens in the area, but don’t yet know if they were involved in the attack, the lieutenant said.

The juveniles involved in the attack were described as black males and females, Dobbs said.

Anyone with information on these suspects was asked to call the SDPD homicide unit at (619) 531-2293 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.