Police and paramedics
Police and paramedics at the scene of one of the shootings in the Gaslamp Quarter. Courtesy OnScene.TV

One person was killed and four others wounded in a series of shootings Thursday night in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.

San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown told reporters the shootings began around 10:30 p.m. when a man opened fire near the valet station at the Pendry Hotel at Fifth Avenue and J Street.

She said the first victim, a 28-year-old man who died at the scene, had been standing on the sidewalk when the suspected gunman came up and starting arguing. The gunman then pulled out a handgun and shot the victim.

The gunman began to walk away, but turned around and shot the victim again before walking north on Fifth Avenue to Island Avenue, where he got into another argument and fired on four other people.

Police used a taser to subdue the suspect, who was then hospitalized. The suspect was described as a 32-year-old white male who was bumping into people and picking fights as he walked through the area.

“We do believe that we have the shooter in custody,” Brown said. “We don’t believe there’s any cause for panic.”

Police described the wounded victims as a 27-year-old white male with serious gunshot injuries to his upper body, a 68-year-old white male with a gunshot wound to his torso, a 26-year-old white male with a gunshot wound to his arm, and a 28-year-old male with a gunshot injury to his arm.

Brown urged anyone who saw the shootings to contact police with information.

Updated at 9:30 a.m., Friday, April 23, 2021

Chris Jennewein

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