Gunman opens fire at Hillcrest restaurant, zero injuries reported
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man was arrested on suspicion of opening fire on a Hillcrest restaurant with a high-powered rifle, but no one was struck by the gunfire, police said Wednesday.
Police identified the suspect as 29-year-old Stefano Parker. Parker’s arraignment is scheduled for February 15th.
Dispatchers received several calls shortly before 7:40 p.m. Tuesday from people reporting that a man was wearing a trench coat and carrying a rifle near University and Fourth avenue, an area lined with restaurants and bars, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.
The gunman walked up to The Asian Bistro and started firing into the restaurant, Buttle said.
“Several people and employees were inside. However, nobody was hit by gunfire,” Buttle said.
The gunman then lowered the rifle and walked away, the officer said.
The rounds shattered windows at the restaurant and some people inside reported being hit by shattered glass, but any wounds were superficial, Lt. Andra Brown said.
Investigators at the shooting scene found at least 19 “assault rifle- caliber” shell casings, Brown said.
Officers responded to the scene and began searching the area for the suspect with the help of a police helicopter.
A witness told officers he saw a man changing his clothes in the area and the witness was able to provide officers with a new clothing description, Buttle said.
Before the suspect was arrested, officer found clothing matching those worn by the suspect discarded in an alley, Brown said.
Officers located the 29-year-old man, whose name was not immediately available, and arrested him on suspicion of attempted murder around 9 p.m., Officer Dino Delimitros said.
A short time later, police found an AR-15 rifle and magazines for the weapon nearby, Delimitros said.
Police have not disclosed a suspected motive for the shooting.
Detectives from the San Diego Police Department’s western division were investigating the incident.