Man phoned ex as he shot strangers at pool party

"Our hearts go out to the victims", Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said.

Police do not believe Selis planned the shooting in advance, Zimmerman added, and Selis did not appear to have a violent history. "These victims were just in his vicinity when he committed this bad tragedy". Family members said he was "depressed and distraught" over the breakup, but said they had no idea he would resort to violence.

According to court records cited by the San Diego Union Tribune Selis was struggling with massive debt and a failing marriage when he filed for bankruptcy in late 2015. After the first round of shots, he called his ex-girlfriend and told her that he shot two people. "We do know that he was on the cell phone talking with his ex-girlfriend while he was continuing to shoot".

"There were two victims lying on the ground, one trying to crawl toward the other one to help".

Whereas the motive for Selis to shoot people is unclear, Police said he was a resident of the apartment complex.

Police at the apartment complex following the attack. "La Jolla is known to be really safe, and this is a family neighbourhood".

Selis, 49, reportedly began shooting into a crowd of dozens of people attending a pool party at the La Jolla Crossroads Apartments complex around 6 p.m. Sunday, San Diego Police said.

"Two African-American males were taken to an area hospital suffering from gunshot wounds, one Hispanic male suffering from a gunshot wound taken to an area hospital and then one African-American male fleeing the area broke his arm when he was fleeing the gunfire".

Zimmerman said that all six of those wounded are expected to survive. He said Peter Selis sat on a pool chair during most of the rampage, calmly shooting guests at the party.

Investigators have not found any writings or evidence from internet searches that Selis had planned the shootings, Ahearn said.

In this morning's press conference, Zimmerman explained that Selis and his girlfriend had recently broken up.

According to United States media, Selis filed for bankruptcy in 2015. The filing listed assets of $14,100 and liabilities of $108,028.

The investigation into this mass shooting is ongoing, and the San Diego Police Department has requested that anyone with additional information or video come forward.

Witnesses described Selis as very "relaxed" in the minutes leading up to his deadly spree. Another said he was holding a beer in one hand and a gun in the other.

One witness told NBC San Diego that the tenant who was celebrating his birthday invited Selis to join the party.

'The victims were targeted for no other reason than their mere presence in the vicinity of the suspect, ' San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said at a midday press conference.

At the Monday address to reporters, Zimmerman said Selis fired at responding officers and pointed his weapon at them before being fatally shot by police.



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