Police mentioned a crowd gathered exterior the mayor’s Mission Hills home round 8:20 p.m., when the suspect, recognized as Lonnie Crawford, allegedly swerved his truck towards among the protesters.
“He swerves, and principally tried to play rooster with us, and attempt to hit us,” a witness, recognized as Dan, informed San Diego’s KGTV-TV.
Crawford can be suspected of firing a gun exterior the house, although nobody was struck by gunfire, in accordance with the station. Witnesses informed police that Crawford parked the truck and entered a close-by condominium constructing – earlier than popping out and firing at the least one shot within the air.
“This man is shouting ‘I’m going to shoot you in your face,’ repeatedly with a gun in his hand. And other people couldn’t even stand up to their automobiles as a result of their automobile is previous the place he’s,” mentioned activist Tasha Williamson, who organized the demonstration, which known as for bettering the rights of San Diego’s homeless inhabitants.
Williamson claimed that Crawford determined to open hearth as a result of he believed he had “that White privilege,” in accordance with FOX 5 San Diego.
“The person yesterday shot as a result of he thought he had that White privilege,” Williamson alleged. “That he might go into his dwelling, retrieve a gun for individuals who had been peaceable, who weren’t armed, who had not broken his property, his dwelling. We’re not even making an attempt to get to him.”
“The person yesterday shot as a result of he thought he had that White privilege.”
Police responded to the scene and witnesses had been in a position to positively determine Crawford because the alleged shooter, KGTV-TV reported.
He was taken into custody and faces a number of prices, together with assault with a lethal weapon, unlawful discharge of a firearm, and making a lethal menace, police mentioned.
On Tuesday, the mayor launched a press release to FOX 5 of San Diego following the incident.
“All San Diegans have a constitutional proper to peacefully assemble and protest with out worry of being attacked or intimidated,” Gloria mentioned. “Final evening’s protest on the condominium constructing the place my household and I dwell turned violent when a person not related to the protest senselessly fired a gun. I’m grateful for our police division’s fast work that apprehended the suspect who’s now in custody and dealing with a number of felony prices.”