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A resident of an Alta Vista-area group home was hospitalized in grave condition Thursday following a fight with a fellow tenant of the facility, authorities reported.

The altercation at the independent-living center in the 5700 block of Mariposa Place east of National City was reported about 8:45 a.m., according to San Diego police.

Responding officers found a resident of the home, 59-year-old Philip Muse, unconscious on a rear patio, said Lt. Anthony Dupree.

Muse, whose body bore no signs of obvious major trauma, was admitted to a hospital in critical condition and was not expected to survive. The cause of his severe health crisis was not immediately clear.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit was called to the scene,” Dupree said. “(Detectives) are currently investigating this incident as a suspicious death.”

Prior to the fight, Muse allegedly had assaulted an employee of the group home, the lieutenant said.

— City News Service

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