Shooting deaths in Coronado condo ruled murder-suicide
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A shooting rampage that killed four people, including
two 25-year-old Navy aviators, in a Coronado condominium early on New Year's
morning was a case of murder-suicide, authorities confirmed Wednesday.
Slain in the eruption of gunfire in the 1000 block of Park Place were
Lt. j.g. David Reis and his 24-year-old sister, Karen, both of Bakersfield; and
31-year-old Matthew Saturley of Chula Vista, sheriff's homicide Capt. Duncan
David Reis' roommate at the condo, fellow Miramar-based F/A-18 pilot
John Robert Reeves of Prince Frederick, Md., killed himself with a gunshot
wound to the head, according to Fraser.
The captain disclosed no suspected motive for the deadly violence and
did not specifically identify Reeves as the killer, but sheriff's officials
have asserted since early in the investigation that there were “no outstanding
suspects” in the crime.
Shortly before 2:30 a.m. Sunday, patrol officers responding to a 911
call about gunfire in the upscale neighborhood near the Hotel Del Coronado
found a dead man in the front doorway of the residence shared by Reis and
Using a camera-equipped robot, a SWAT team discovered the other bodies
inside the multi-story home.
David Reis died of a single gunshot, according to the county Medical
Examiner's Office. His sister, who worked as an assistant volleyball coach at a
local high school, suffered multiple bullet wounds, as did Saturley.
A man who lives next door to the condominium described hearing the
deadly gunfire. Retired Navy pilot Don Hubbard said he heard “two shots, about
a five-second pause, and then five more.”
Reis and Reeves were members of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron
101, Marine Aircraft Group 11, Third Marine Aircraft Wing. Both were
commissioned into the Navy in 2008 through college ROTC programs, the former at
the University of New Mexico and the latter at Penn State University, according
to USMC officials.
Each was the recipient of a National Defense Service Medal.
Lt. Col. Robert Brodie, commanding officer of the fighter-jet training
squadron at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, offered his condolences to the
deceased officers' “families, friends, fellow service members and Coronado
community during this time of mourning.”
“We are committed to supporting the families of Lt. j.g. Reis and Lt.
j.g. Reeves and (others) affected by this tragedy,” Brodie said in a prepared