National City Police
Medics in National City take the shooting victim from the scene. Photo credit: OnScene.TV

A young San Diego man was arrested on suspicion of murder Sunday after he turned himself in to police and admitted to a shooting that he said was done in self-defense, authorities said.

The shooting happened at about 4 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of East 20th Street, said Sgt. Vincent Fernando of the National City Police Department.

Officers arrived at the scene and found a man with numerous gunshot wounds lying in the street, the sergeant said. Medics arrived and rushed the victim to a hospital, where he died.

The name of the victim was not immediately released, pending notification of next of kin.

“Shortly after the shooting, a subject, later identified as Israel Moreno Jr., 18-year-old San Diego resident, called … to notify authorities that he had just shot someone in National City,” Fernando said. “Moreno claimed that the shooting was in self-defense. Moreno voluntarily came to NCPD on his own and met investigators.”

Neighbors in the area said they heard from five to six gunshots, according to OnScene.TV, and police recovered a firearm.

Anyone with information on the shooting was asked to call the NCPD Communications Center at 619-336-4411.

Authorities booked Moreno into the downtown San Diego Central Jail at 4 p.m. Sunday. He faces a first-degree murder charge, according to jail records.

He was scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the South Division Court in Chula Vista.

– City News Service contributed to this report.

Updated 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31, 2021

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