A safety guard was fatally shot at Alpha Mission tented homeless shelter in East Village Saturday night time.

A murder lieutenant mentioned the guard was on the sidewalk exterior the shelter at 17th Road and Imperial Avenue when he was shot a number of instances within the higher physique.

A number of individuals within the rapid are ran away after they heard gunfire, so nobody was capable of give police an outline of the shooter and even say if the pictures got here from a car, murder Lt. Martha Sainz mentioned.

A number of proof markers have been in the course of the street, however Sainz couldn’t say whether or not they marked expended shell casings.

She mentioned the guard was unarmed.

The shelter was locked down whereas San Diego police looked for the shooter, witnesses and proof.

Bob McElroy, CEO of Alpha Mission, confirmed {that a} guard was killed and the shooter remained at giant. McElroy mentioned he was at the shelter at the time, however declined to debate what occurred.

Sainz mentioned officers have been viewing safety digital camera footage.

Not less than one particular person referred to as 911 at 7:30 p.m. to report {that a} man had been shot close to the shelter simply west of Interstate 5.

Officers discovered the wounded guard at the Imperial Bridge Shelter and referred to as for medics. Medics took him to a hospital, the place he died inside about an hour, police mentioned.

Visitors was blocked at the intersection and at the Imperial Avenue off-ramp from southbound Interstate 5 through the investigation as officers looked for witnesses and proof.

The 150-bed Imperial Bridge Shelter opened Nov. 5 as a “bridge” between residing on the streets and everlasting housing. McElroy informed NBC 7 that there have been 128 individuals within the shelter at the time of the taking pictures.

A number of others who have been exterior at the time weren’t allowed again inside and waited within the chilly for hours whereas the taking pictures investigation continued.

Disaster counselors have been introduced in to help distraught co-workers, in accordance with police.

The Alpha Mission web site says the outreach was based in 1986 to supply work alternatives to homeless males. It has expanded to function packages serving 4,000 individuals day by day and created 600 models of reasonably priced rental housing.