Carlsbad CA— Late last night, September 1 at 11:13 p.m., the City of Carlsbad Police Department received a call of shots fired in the area of San Elijo Road and Rancho Santa Fe Road. It was further reported to the Police Department that one person had been shot.
The victim’s friend reported that multiple shots came from the brush area off Avenida Soledad.
Officers arriving at the scene located the victim, a 45-year-old male from San Marcos, with one gunshot wound to his side. The victim was taken to Scripps Encinitas. Scripps Encinitas transferred him to Scripps La Jolla where he underwent surgery and is in stable condition.
Officers contained the scene from northbound Camino Junipero to southbound Melrose Drive on Rancho Santa Fe Road.
A reverse 911 call went out to the area asking residents to stay inside.
The SWAT team was called to the area and conducted a systematic search of the area to find the suspect. The unit used the Bearcat Rescue Vehicle for the search. The suspect was not located.
The investigation is in its early stages. Investigators do not feel this was a random act but a specific act between individuals.
Investigators and Evidence Technicians are still on scene collecting evidence, information about the suspect and information about why the subjects were in the area. There is currently no suspect description. It is unknown what type of weapon was used. It was possibly a long gun or rifle.
The reverse 911 for the area asking residents to stay inside has been lifted.
If anyone has information about this incident, please call the Police Department at 760-931-2197.