Man shot and killing during dispute in Imperial Beach identified

IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) — A homicide investigation was underway Wednesday in Imperial Beach after a man was shot and killed in the middle of a street surrounded by apartment complexes and a strip mall, sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies responded to a shots-fired call at 6:18 p.m. Tuesday near Donax Avenue and Florence Street, San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Karen Stubkjaer said. When they arrived, they found a man in the road with gunshot wounds. He died at the scene despite life-saving efforts by firefighters and deputies.

One witness told local news crews he was in his nearby apartment when he heard seven or eight gunshots and saw a man lying in the street. He grabbed medical supplies and ran outside but said the victim was shot several times in the head and was already dead.

The San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds. The manner of death has been ruled a homicide. The victim in this case has been positively identified as 30-year-old Roberto Sales.

Sheriff’s homicide investigators were interviewing multiple witnesses, Stubkjaer said. No arrests had been made as of late Tuesday night and the victim’s identity was being withheld pending family notification.

Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call the sheriff’s homicide detail at (858) 974-2321 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580- 8477.

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