Calexico man shot five times, listed in critical condition

March 05, 2002|By DARREN SIMON

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — A 23-year-old man was in critical condition in San Diego this morning after he was shot five times Monday — including in the back of his head — in a residential area of this city.

Police this morning were continuing their search for a suspect and were investigating whether the attack was related to gang or drug activity.

Calexico resident Julio Perez was in critical condition today in University of California San Diego Medical Center, where he was taken after being airlifted from El Centro Regional Medical Center.


According to police, Perez was gunned down in the 500 block of Grant Street about 6:30 p.m. — shot by a suspect who cornered Perez in a carport of a house.

Calexico police Lt. Jim Neujahr said police received a report of shots fired in the 800 block of Pierce Avenue.

When officers were responding to that location, a call came in of more shots fired on Grant, with a wounded victim.

Officers found no victim on Pierce. They then responded to Grant, where they found Perez, who had been shot five times, in the head, abdomen, chest, arm and leg. He was shot with a handgun, Neujahr said, adding the weapon along with the suspect had not been found as of presstime this morning.

Police were searching for a white Toyota Camry, based on witness reports. There was no suspect information available.

According to Neujahr, an assailant first confronted Perez on Pierce. Shots were fired on the street. Neujahr was unsure if Perez was wounded at that time.

Perez was able to flee from that area. He jumped a fence and ended up in a carport of a residence on Grant.

The suspect was right behind him, and opened fire again in the carport.

Perez first was taken to the El Centro hospital, where he was stabilized so he could be flown to San Diego.

Police were continuing to investigate the motive for the shooting.

Neujahr said the victim and the suspect are thought to be involved in gang activity. He added police are probing whether the shooting had ties to gang or illegal drug activity.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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