Carlsbad CA— On September 8, officers from the City of Carlsbad Police Department arrested two suspects believed to be responsible for the September 1, shooting. [Original story here] The incident took place on an access road off Avenida Soledad in Carlsbad.
Officers arrested 43-year-old Diana Lovejoy at her home in Carlsbad and 49-year-old Weldon McDavid Jr., near his home in Fallbrook for Attempted Murder, Conspiracy, Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Assault with Great Bodily Injury.
Lovejoy is the estranged spouse of the victim and McDavid is an employee at a local shooting range in Oceanside where Lovejoy reportedly took lessons.
Investigators believe the two conspired and planned the incident that led to the shooting. Investigators also believe that McDavid called the victim and arranged to meet the victim on the access road off Avenida Soledad. Next, while hiding in the bushes, McDavid shot at the victim, hitting him once in the side. McDavid then fled the area.
Detectives are still investigating to understand why Lovejoy and McDavid conspired to shoot the victim and to understand the extent of the connection between the two suspects.
The team of investigators is now working with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office toward prosecution.
“We would like to thank the community for their support and for following the reverse 9-1-1 instructions the evening of the incident. We understand how frightening it must have been to learn what had occurred in the community,” said Police Chief Neil Gallucci. “I would also like to thank the investigators for working around the clock to identify and arrest these two suspects.”
Gallucci went on to say, this incident was specific to these individuals and not a random act and that investigators do not feel there are any outstanding suspects.