Vehicle suspected in BB gun attacks
Coronado Police released this surveillance image of the vehicle suspected in the BB gun attacks.

Five people were shot by BB guns and more than a dozen car and store windows were damaged during a series of incidents in three cities over the weekend.

The incidents occurred late Saturday and early Sunday in downtown San Diego, Coronado and National City. Witnesses in San Diego and Coronado indicate that the shots were fired from a white sedan, which police are now searching for.

San Diego Police Lt. Shawn Takeuchi said five people were shot from the rear of a white sedan that drove through downtown San Diego shortly after midnight, a witness told a videographer.

The shootings happened outside the Omni Hotel on Island Avenue, where at least two people were hit, and on Park Boulevard, where a vehicle’s back window was shot out, according to SDPD Officer Dino Delimitros. A woman was injured in the shootings and treated at the scene. Another victim declined treatment. Takeuchi could not confirm if anyone was taken to the hospital.

A car window shattered by BBs in Paradise Hills. Courtesy OnScene.TV

There were also several cars struck by BBs late Saturday in the Paradise Hills neighborhood, Takeuchi said.

The Coronado Police Department reported on social media that 23 BB-gun incidents happened around town on Sunday morning. The department anticipates additional reports of vehicles damaged by BB guns.

“In addition to car windows being damaged, a business in the 1200 block of Orange Avenue reported two of their windows shattered, and a homeowner reported having their front window broken,” the department posted on Sunday.

Additional BB gun-related incidents occurred in National City, where police responded to at least three reports of someone shooting BB guns that broke vehicle windows, National City Police Lt. Christopher Sullivan told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The incidents occurred on Sunday morning on Grove Street near East 16th Street, Stancrest Lane near East 14th Street and on East Plaza Boulevard near Grove Street, Sullivan said.

“We believe these crimes are related to similar crimes that have recently occurred in San Diego Police Department’s Central and Western Division,” the Coronado Police Department said on Facebook.

The San Diego, Coronado and National City police departments are working together to investigate the incidents.

Coronado police asked business owners in the city to check their security camera footage captured between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. Sunday “for activity that may have captured the suspect(s) and/or their vehicle.”

Anyone with information was asked to call Coronado police at 619-522-7350.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

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