A white gunman was shot dead by police after opening fire on black party-goers, killing one and injuring seven more at a swimming pool of a luxury San Diego apartment complex on Sunday night.
Local police arrived to the scene around 6.10pm local time, near the La Jolla Crossroads Apartments at Judicial Drive and Sydney Court in San Diego, California.
Police said there was no further threat after the suspect, later identified as Peter Selis, 49, was shot dead and eight victims were taken to local hospitals, with several in critical condition.
One of the victims shot, an unidentified African-American woman, has died from her injuries.
Selis, a white male, was seen by a police helicopter reloading the weapon near the pool area, as witnesses claim he was holding a beer in one hand and the gun in the other.
Seven of the victims were African-American and one was Hispanic. All were attending a birthday party hosted at the luxury complex’s pool.
A witness said a member of the party approached the man and offered him some food and drink before the suspect began reportedly picking people off and firing 30 shots.
Police have not ruled out the tragic shooting as a hate crime as the investigation continues throughout the night.
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White gunman Peter Selis, 49, was shot dead by police after shooting into a crowd of black party-goers at a pool area at La Jolla Crossroads Apartments on Sunday night. One of the victims has died from her injuries
The suspect was allegedly holding a beer in one hand and a gun in the other during the incident at the La Jolla Crossroads Apartments (pictured)
Police responded to the incident around 6.10pm local time and quickly had the situation under control shortly after the call
The witness identified himself as a party goer and said it was his best friend’s birthday party and it was the host who was reportedly hit the worst, he told live news outlets.
CBS8 reported that a witness claimed the shooter was sitting down and drinking a beer at the apartment’s pool area before firing the weapon.
The suspect was allegedly reloading the gun throughout the incident.
A witness told Fox 5: ‘We looked at the pool area where the shooter was sitting there with a beer in one hand and a gun in the other.
‘The suspect looked pretty relaxed, pretty relaxed.’
The luxury apartment complex boasts of sustaining a Mediterranean feel and offers apartments that range in size from studios to three bedrooms.
Prices range $1750 – $1950 for a studio and up to $4,000 for a castello with a mezzanine area.
The San Diego Union-Tribune spoke with Amit Godbole who said his wife was heading toward the pool when the shots began.
He said: ‘It was like a war zone or something. There would be three or four shots, a pause and then more shots. I was trying to count them. I counted 30 or 40.’
The eight people injured were rushed to nearby hospitals with several in critical condition
A police helicopter saw the suspect reloading the gun and three officers approached the gunman before he pointed the weapon at them
The luxury apartment complex boasts of sustaining a Mediterranean feel and offers apartments that range in price from $1,700 to $4,000
Amberjot Riat, 22, and Kaela Wong, 20, said they were in the Jacuzzi when the man began unloading a firearm at the party group and were so terrified they stayed put.
They jumped over a wall after they claim they heard the shooter tell someone helping a victim: ‘You can either leave or you can stay here and die.’
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the victims were all adults and were attending a pool party, according to witnesses.
Officials asked for all witnesses to stay on the scene as they investigate the matter, as no motive is known yet.
The emergency call was first phoned in to local authorities at 6.06pm.
Further information will be released by the police in another press conference later in the evening.
Police fired on the man after three officers approached the suspect and he pointed the firearm at them
The shooter was reportedly sitting down near the apartment’s pool area and drinking a beer