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Police: Teens arrested after shooting spree, robbery in San Diego, Chula Vista

Police say a group of teenagers were behind a crime spree that included four shootings and a robbery from Otay Mesa to Chula Vista to East Village early Friday.

“They were running around creating mayhem,” Chula Vista police Lt. Scott Adkins said.

Three suspects, two 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy, were arrested Friday on suspicion of attempted murder and other charges tied to the spree, police said. The trio were booked into Juvenile Hall.

Other suspects were outstanding as of Sunday.

At least four people were injured in the shootings and expected to recover, police said.

The incidents began at an apartment complex on Dennery Road near Del Sol Boulevard in the Otay Mesa area around 4 a.m., when a bullet fired from an upstairs apartment pierced the ceiling of a downstairs unit and grazed the victim’s shin, San Diego police Lt. Casey Gini told OnScene TV.

Gini did not disclose the victim’s age or gender.

When officers checked out the upstairs apartment, they found the aftermath of a party, Gini said, adding that people remaining in the unit said they heard a gunshot before others scattered.

The lieutenant said officers chased two potential suspects through the large apartment complex but lost them.

Shortly after, another shooting was reported in the area. A car headed down Dennery Road was struck by gunfire, and a woman in the car was injured when a bullet grazed her cheek, Gini said.

The victim’s boyfriend, who was in the car, too, drove her to Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. It was unclear whether the man also was wounded.

Footage from OnScene TV shows the sedan at the Emergency Room drop-off area, with two bullet holes in the windshield and another bullet hole in the hood.

Around 6:45 a.m., police said, the crime spree spilled into Chula Vista where police said two homeless men were shot.

One of the victims, a 26-year-old man, was shot in the leg at Harborside Park. A 911 caller said four to six juveniles surrounded the victim before they ran toward a nearby trolley station on Palomar Street.

Less than 10 minutes later, another 911 caller reported that another victim, a 33-year-old man, was found injured in front of a business on Palomar Street. He had been shot and stabbed, police said.

Both victims are homeless and had been staying at the park on Oxford Street, a popular encampment location for homeless individuals, police said, although investigators did not believe the victims were targeted because they were homeless. The city is expected to temporarily close the park Wednesday because of concerns over drug use and crimes.

Friday’s shootings prompted a brief lockdown at Harborside Elementary School.

A short time after the final shooting, San Diego police arrested three juveniles at a trolley station near Park Boulevard and Market Street in East Village, where police say they had robbed someone. Investigators determined the three were tied to the earlier shootings.

Police recovered a gun and a knife. No further information was available Sunday.

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