Central jail in downtown San Diego
The central jail in downtown San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

A young man was behind bars Thursday for allegedly opening fire on two men with a handgun, killing one of them, during a confrontation near Colina del Sol park three days before Christmas.

Mason Williams, who turned 20 three weeks ago, was arrested Wednesday in connection with the Dec. 22 shooting in the 5200 block of El Cajon Boulevard, according to San Diego police.

Williams allegedly was in a group of three or four men who allegedly got into an argument with Dionte Floyd, 31, and 38-year-old Dashe Wallace as the pair walked through the mid-city neighborhood shortly before 6 p.m. The dispute turned physical and then erupted in gunfire, after which the group that included the shooter ran off, Lt. Anthony Dupree said.

Medics took the wounded men to a hospital, where Floyd was pronounced dead. Wallace survived his wounds.

It remained unclear this week if the victims were shot by a sole gunman or more than one, Dupree said.

The lieutenant declined to comment on a possible motive for the shooting or disclose what led to the suspect’s arrest.

Williams was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of first- degree murder. He was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.

–City News Service