One person was killed and seven others were injured when a gunman opened fire at a luxury San Diego apartment complex pool during a birthday party Sunday, police said.
San Diego police identified the gunman as Peter Selis, 49, who was described as a white male. Police said Selis shot four black women, two black men and one Latino man and another man injured his arm while fleeing the scene. One of the women later died.
Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said several victims were in surgery and others were still critical as of late Sunday.
“This is truly a horrific act of violence that took place here today,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said at a news conference. “Our entire city, all of our thoughts and prayers, all San Diegans’ thoughts and prayers, are with the victims and their families tonight.”
Zimmerman said a police helicopter arrived to the scene at around 6:07 p.m. local time and the pilot reported seeing multiple victims on the ground and that Selis was still in the pool area holding a large-caliber handgun and appeared to be reloading.
Three officers on the ground shot the suspect after Selis pointed the gun at them, Zimmerman said.
Rikky Galiendes, 27, heard the gunshots and went to look outside his sixth-story apartment when he spotted a man bleeding and running near the pool below. Galiendes told the AP that he called out to ask if the man needed help when his roommate grabbed him, yanked him down and then pointed toward a man sitting in a chair with a gun.
“When we looked over the balcony, he was just sitting down with a gun on his lap,” Galiendes said. “He was calm, you know. I mean from my perspective, the guy was ready to do whatever he was going to do. He shot at people having a good time and having a party.”
Shahrayar Jeff, another witness, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that his granddaughters were at the pool with their grandmother and nanny. He said his 8-year-old granddaughter told him that the gunman was sitting and drinking a beer and relaxing and shooting.
Police believe that Selis lived in the complex but have not discovered a motive.
One of the partygoers is also believed to live at the complex, Zimmerman said.
Police are investigating.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.