Man opens fire at San Diego pool party; 1 victim, gunman die

San Diego police have said the gunman, who shot seven people at a pool party on Sunday (30 April), was on the phone with his ex-girlfriend during the shooting spree.

Chief Shelley Zimmerman said Monday that the shooter, 49-year-old Peter Selis, was speaking with his ex-girlfriend on his cell phone during the rampage because he wanted her to hear the carnage.

A man who witnessed the deadly shooting tells PEOPLE that he had just spoken with one of the victims before she was fatally shot by the gunman. Zimmerman initially said that eight people had been shot.

Wong said there were about 30 people at the birthday party and also children playing at the pool, people in the Jacuzzi and people tanning.

Authorities have withheld the victims' names, but the slain woman was identified to news crews by friends as Monique Clark of San Diego. After the shooter pointed the gun at officers they opened fire on Selis, killing him.

San Diego police state that a man opened fire on Sunday night at an apartment complex located in University City.

"These victims were just in his vicinity when he committed this awful tragedy", police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said.

A man who said he was a guest at the party told the station it took him a few seconds to realize what was happening.

According to the San Diego police, Selis called his girlfriend during the shooting so that she could hear the carnage he created.

The gunman was identified as Peter Raymond Selis, 49, who according to court records had worked as an automobile mechanic and filed for bankruptcy twice during the past decade.

The pilot reported seeing multiple victims down and directed officers to Selis, who he said appeared to be reloading his weapon. The victims were black and Latino and Selis was white, but police don't think race played a factor.

One woman died after being shot at the party.

Police began receiving numerous reports that a man was shooting people near a swimming pool at the La Jolla Crossroads complex on Judicial Drive near Golden Haven Drive shortly after 6 p.m. Witnesses said victims were attending a birthday party near the pool.

Detectives were working to determine a motive for the shooting.

Another witness, Rikky Galiendes, who saw the incident from an overlooking apartment, said: "He was just sitting down with a gun on his lap". Three officers shot and killed the suspect after he pointed a gun at them, Zimmerman said.

One witness told the station that Selis smirked during the shooting. That began an exchange of gunfire in which Selis was killed, police said.

Facing significant debts, he filed for bankruptcy in 2015.

Galiendes, a full-time communications student at the University of California San Diego, said he has lived in the complex since September. We pray for the victims and thank our 1st responders.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer called the mass shooting a "horrific act" and added, "We stand united as a city to reject this senseless violence".

  • Larry Hoffman