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San Diego protest exterior mayor’s residence sees gunfire incident; suspect arrested

Authorities in San Diego have arrested a person suspected of opening fireplace as a crowd protested Monday night exterior Mayor Todd Gloria’s residence, in line with reviews. 

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 hen with us, and attempt to hit us,” a witness, recognized as Dan, informed San Diego’s KGTV-TV.

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Crawford can also be suspected of firing a gun exterior the house, although nobody was struck by gunfire, in line with the station. Witnesses informed police that Crawford parked the truck and entered a close-by house constructing – earlier than popping out and firing at the very 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 folks couldn’t even stand up to their automobiles as a result of their automotive is previous the place he’s,” mentioned activist Tasha Williamson, who organized the demonstration, which referred to as for enhancing the rights of San Diego’s homeless inhabitants.  

Williamson claimed that Crawford determined to open fireplace as a result of he believed he had “that White privilege,” in line with FOX 5 San Diego. 

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“The person yesterday shot as a result of he thought he had that White privilege,” Williamson alleged. “That he may go into his residence, retrieve a gun for individuals who have been peaceable, who weren’t armed, who had not broken his property, his residence. 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.”

— Tasha Williamson, activist

Police responded to the scene and witnesses have been capable of positively determine Crawford because the alleged shooter, KGTV-TV reported. 

He was taken into custody and faces a number of fees, together with assault with a lethal weapon, unlawful discharge of a firearm, and making a lethal risk, police mentioned. 

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On Tuesday, the mayor launched a press release to FOX 5 of San Diego following the incident. 

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria is seen July 10, 2021.  (Getty Images)

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria is seen July 10, 2021.  (Getty Pictures)

“All San Diegans have a constitutional proper to peacefully assemble and protest with out concern of being attacked or intimidated,” Gloria mentioned. “Final night time’s protest on the house 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 going through a number of felony fees.”

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