San Diego Deputies – NBC 7 San Diego
A man has been arrested after he opened fire at a nursery in North San Diego County on Friday night, killing one man and wounding two others, including his daughter.
Deputies responded to Atkins Nursery on Resch Road at approximately 3 p.m. SkyRanger 7 flew over the scene and saw dozens of patrol cars and fire department vehicles on and off the property. Paramedics were seen taking at least one person away on a stretcher.
By 3:15 p.m. Friday, deputies had arrested a suspect, according to Sheriff Kelly Martinez.
The suspect, described as a man in his 50s, used a rifle to shoot and kill another man in his 50s in a barn on the property, SDSO Homicide Detective Lt. Cheers Stephen said. Deputies found him in a barn with the dead man’s body, and he was taken into custody without incident, Lt. Stephen said.
The suspected shooter and the three victims worked at the nursery in some capacity, Stephen said. Among the victims who were injured was the suspect’s daughter. Stephen said she is described as being in her late 30s.
The daughter and a man in his 70s were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds to the torso, but are expected to survive, Stephen said. However, due to their injuries, they will not be able to speak with investigators for a few days, according to Stephen.
The Sheriff’s Department identified the suspect late Friday as 76-year-old Enrique Barajas Gutierrez. He was taken into custody unharmed.
The victims have also been identified, but their names have not been released at this time.
It’s unclear if the nursery was open to the public at the time of the shooting, but several uninvolved people were on the property at the time, Stephen said.
Reche Road was closed between Old Highway 395 and Gerd Road until about 8 p.m
Not far from the scene of the shooting, at approximately 4 p.m., SkyRanger 7 spotted deputies involved in a traffic stop on Reche Road and Marianne Lane. Deputies drew their weapons on a car. Stephen said it remains unclear whether the traffic stop is related to the arrest.
At the Fallbrook Farmers Market on Saturday, many people were still discussing the shooting.
Fallbrook resident and local business owner Leslie Summers has lived in the city for 32 years.
“I’ve been getting calls from friends all over the country asking if I’m okay and if I heard about the shooting in Fallbrook, and unfortunately not everyone is okay,” Summers told NBC 7.
“It’s happening everywhere across the country. It’s like I don’t want to leave my house anymore,” Summers added.
Leah Brown is another Fallbrook resident and business owner who feels uncomfortable.
“You see it a lot on TV where people do these things, but it never happens in your backyard. Yeah, it made us nervous,” Brown said.
“Everyone asked me: ‘How close are you to me?’ “Yes, it’s been a big topic all the way through with all the vendors,” Brown added.
The governor’s office issued a statement saying they were following developments in the shooting.
“We are monitoring the shootings in San Diego and are coordinating closely with local officials on this evolving situation. Our hearts go out to those affected by today’s violence, and to all Californians recovering from this year’s tragic shootings,” the statement read.
Martinez thanks the police departments of Carlsbad, Oceanside and Escondido, as well as the CHP, Carlsbad Fire Department and North County Fire Protection District.
This story will be updated as new information becomes available.
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