Seven adults have been shot, one fatally, after a shooting in a San Diego apartment complex on Sunday. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, a gunman opened fire at a birthday party around 6 p.m. Witnesses said he never left his poolside chair as he shot.
Police shot and killed the suspect, who later identified as 49-year-old Peter Selis. Police said that Selis used a semi-automatic pistol. He was white and his victims appeared to be people of color: four black women, two black men and one Latino man. The woman he killed has not been identified yet. Among the shooting victims taken to the hospital, was the man who was celebrating his birthday.
A motive has not yet been determined and police do not yet know if the shooter knew his victims. A 2015 bankruptcy filing showed Selis faced “crushing debt,” according to the report. He was a father and a car mechanic at a Ford dealership.
Partygoer Drew Phillips told the Union-Tribune that his friend — who was celebrating his birthday — offered Selis food and drink. The shooter declined, and instead opted to sit quietly yards away.
“Six or seven minutes later it’s just pow, pow, pow, pow — out of nowhere,” Phillips said. “...There was no indication that he was there to do evil.”
Everyone scattered, according to the report, and one man who fell broke his arm. There were about 30 people believed to be at the pool when the first shots were fired.
Phillips hopped a fence where he saw that a Latino man he’d just met had been shot in his abdomen.
“He was just laying there, and just the look in his eyes — sheer terror,” Phillips said in the report. “I threw my phone down. I just picked him up and I just carried him. I basically ran as fast as I could with him in my arms.”
Police fired and killed Selis when he pointed his gun at authorities.