Seven adults were shot, one woman fatally, when a gunman who witnesses said never left his poolside chair opened fire on a birthday party at a San Diego apartment complex Sunday, reports the city’s Union-Tribune. Police shot and killed the suspect, Peter Selis, 49, who lived in the upscale La Jolla Crossroads complex. A 2015 bankruptcy filing stated that Selis, a father and a car mechanic at a Ford dealership in San Diego, faced crushing debt. Authorities said the shooter, armed with a semi-automatic pistol, was white and all the victims were people of color — four black women, two black men and one Latino man.
Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said investigators have not determined a motive. Authorities were unsure if Selis knew any of the victims. The shooting happened at about 6 p.m. as 30 people had gathered at the pool. Drew Phillips, who was there celebrating a friend’s birthday, said another party-goer had approached Selis and offered him food and drink. Selis declined and continued to sit quietly yards away. “Six or seven minutes later it’s just pow, pow, pow, pow — out of nowhere,” Phillips said. “…There was no indication that he was there to do evil.” Another witness, Shahrayar Jeff, described seeing Selis, in a baseball cap and glasses, “relaxing and shooting people.” Police arrived and fatally shot Selis when he pointed his gun at officers, said Zimmerman.