Driver fatally shot, crashes into building in Midway District

It happened about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday on Kemper Street near Kenyon Street, southwest of Midway Drive

A vehicle crashed into a building Wednesday evening in the Midway District after its driver was shot and fatally wounded, San Diego police said.

Police received reports of gunfire and a crash about 6:15 p.m. at Kemper Street and Kenyon Street a little south of Midway Drive, Officer Robert Heims said.

Officers discovered the gravely injured driver of the crashed vehicle with a gunshot wound to the chest and possibly one to the head, Heims said.

Medics rushed the victim to a hospital, but he later died, according to Heims, who said homicide detectives had taken over the investigation.


Witnesses told police at least one other vehicle sped away from the scene after the shooting, but it was not immediately clear if that vehicle was involved.

In a news release Thursday Lieutenant Matt Dobbs said although it is very early in the investigation and little is known about the events leading up to the incident, investigators do believe there was another male with the victim at the time of the crash.

That individual was last seen walking away from the vehicle, according to police.

Heims did not know what building the vehicle struck, but the situation unfolded behind Point Loma Plaza, a strip mall shopping center with a Vons and other stores.

Police are encouraging anyone with information regarding the incident to contact the Homicide Unit as 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.


2:17 p.m. Nov. 26, 2020: This story was updated with additional information about the incident, including details about another person at the site of the collision.