A Sunday evening pool party to celebrate a birthday turned into a bloodbath in the middle of it when a man across the patio casually opened fire at the crowd. As party goers fled for their lives, eight victims didn’t get away in time as other residents at the San Diego, California apartment complex watched in horror. Many recorded the “mass casualty” event, and now, just a few hours after the attack, witness video of it has been released revealing one shocking detail.
At about 6 p.m. on Sunday police responded to calls of an active shooter at the La Jolla Crossroads Apartments. Witnesses told officers that a man, later identified as 49-year-old Peter Selis, was sitting alone on a lounge chair drinking beer when another pool patron approached and invited him to join their birthday party. He reportedly denied their offer and ten minutes later began shooting into the birthday party crowd of strangers, only stopping to reload his large caliber handgun, Fox 5 San Diego reported.
“Four women and three men suffered gunshot wounds and were taken to three hospitals, according to San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman,” Fox 5 reported. “Another man suffered a broken arm as he was running away from the pool area.”
“There were eight victims that were transported and four of the victims were African-American females who were suffering from gunshot wounds that were taken to area hospitals, two African-American males were taken to an area hospital suffering from gunshot wounds, one Hispanic male suffering from a gunshot wound taken to an area hospital and then one African-American male fleeing the area broke his arm when he was fleeing the gunfire,” Zimmerman explained of what’s now being described as a “mass casualty incident.”
However, race of the victims wasn’t all that was noticed in the aftermath of the bloodbath. From the video footage obtained at the scene, police were taken aback by what was recorded. “Cell phone video has surfaced which appears to capture the gunshots, as people took cell phone video rather than call 911 (non-graphic video below),” according to Blue Lives Matter.
Once officers were alerted to the active shooter situation, they moved in on the suspect who reloaded and turned to the cops in the same casual manner than he sipped beer and fired rounds off at people. Prepared to take police down as his next round of victims, cops shot Selis first to save their own lives. The suspect went down but officers still issued a shelter in place order to keep bystanders safe.
In the non-graphic footage below, you can see witnesses recording what’s happening as a first response to the horror unfolding before them when seconds count and lives are on the line. For most people, calling the police would be the first think you would use your phone for in an emergency rather than using the vantage point of your safe spot to alert authorities and get help for the wounded.
Video appears to capture gunshots in San Diego shooting; as many as 7 victims reported
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) Mayo 1, 2017
If there had been any delay on police response to this situation, you can guarantee that the officers would have been blamed and criticized for it, rather than the people who chose to record the horror instead of call. It’s an alarming reality on the state of society that happened to be caught on bystanders’ cameras this time, but one can only assume this happens far more frequently than not. How many times have cops been accused of not doing their jobs when selfish witnesses videoed the scene for social media instead of dialing 911. As these people caught what was happening, the woman who died from the gunshot wounds was taking her final breaths.
Given the race of the shooter and those of the victims, this will potentially be investigated as a hate crime. “When asked whether police were investigating the deadly shooting as a hate crime, Zimmerman said, ‘We are interviewing witnesses and at this time we don’t know the motive is for this shooting’,” Fox5 reported.
The mainstream media has already gotten a jump on this motive after seeing an opportunity and taking it. If ethnicities of the shooter and victims were switched, you can bet there would be no coverage of what happened, or at least of it being a potential hate crime.