A man holding a gun in one hand and a bottle of beer in the other opened fire on people around a swimming pool in a San Diego apartment complex, killing one woman and injuring at least six people before police shot him dead on Sunday.
Another Black victim was injured while trying to flee the scene.
The deceased gunman was later identified as 49-year-old Peter Selis.
Six of the seven gunman’s victims were Black — four Black women, two Black men and one Hispanic man, according to CNN — and some of the victims remain in critical condition, CNN also reported. Witnesses stated that the perpetrator was white. Authorities have not deemed the attack a hate crime or said yet if race was a motivating factor.
“We don’t know what the motive is for the shooting,” San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said.
The gunman launched his attack during a birthday celebration in the complex in the city’s University City section, NBC News’ San Diego affiliate reported.
One resident, who identified himself as John, told KFMB-TV he saw the gunman “sitting, drinking a beer in one hand with a gun out in the other” in the pool area.
He said he and his wife saw “three people laying on the ground shot” and one wounded victim trying to crawl to another to give assistance.
Two police officers arrived and confronted the gunman, who exchanged gunfire with the officers before he was shot, the witness said. Some of the victims were taken away in cars to hospital before paramedics made it to the scene.
The gunman was killed after pointing his weapon at police, Zimmerman told reporters. She did not identify the suspect or mention a possible motive.
Eight people were injured when the shooting broke out just after 6:00 p.m. local time, Zimmerman said, several of them left in a critical condition.
Media including NBC’s affiliate and CNN, citing Zimmerman, reported late Sunday night that a female victim had died. Media reports said the gunman was a resident of the complex.
Another witness reported to The San Diego Union-Tribune that she heard the gunman say, “You can either leave, or you can stay here and die.”
Rikky Galiendes, 27, heard the gunshots and looked out the window to see Selis sitting with a gun in his lap.
“When we looked over the balcony, he was just sitting down with a gun on his lap,” Galiendes told the Associated Press. “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.”
Galiendes called the scene “chilling.”
“La Jolla is known to be really safe and this is a family neighborhood,” Galiendes said.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer called the tragedy “a horrific act of violence.”
This was a truly horrific and disturbing act. We pray for the victims and thank our 1st responders. Our city rejects this senseless violence
— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) May 1, 2017
Police are still investigating the shooting.
Reuters material contributed to this report.