National City Police Investigate Teen Shootings

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NATIONAL CITY – National City Police are investigating a double homicide involving a 16-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man Friday night, according to a news release. Police said they had no one in custody as of Saturday evening.

“I feel really bad for the families, my heart goes out to them,” said Jon Keller, who lives near the scene of the shooting.

National City Police said around 11:35 p.m. officers found the two teenagers lying in the street with gunshot wounds. Officers at the scene carried out life-saving measures on the victims. Police said both men went to hospital but later died.

Authorities said at the time that a major party at the end of the bloc was breaking up.

“There were over 100 people here,” Keller said.

Keller said he heard the gunshots from his home, then a car drove off.

Keller said: “Everyone is screaming, everyone is in a painting, people lying in the street, shouting ‘GOD oh no’. It was very sad, I felt very sad for the families.

“When you hear something like that, you most definitely think of family,” said Bishop Cornelius Bowser, CEO and Founder of Shaphat Outreach. “It’s a tragedy, it’s horrible to hear and it’s something you never want to hear.”

Bishop Cornelius Bowser, CEO and Founder of Shaphat Outreach is pictured. (Photo KSWB)

Bowser leads Shaphat Outreach, a ministry of the Charity Apostolic Church in National City. Their main focus is the prevention of gun and gang violence through youth programs that teach behavior, thinking, self-control and discipline.

“I know there’s nothing we can say or do to change the outcome, but in your experience, what can be done?” asked Fox 5.

“One thing I try to tell my youth is just me and I’m stricter, I try to teach them to stay away,” Bowser said. ” Stay away. If it’s not a party of a close-knit family or friends and you can control the environment and don’t know who’s there, don’t go.”

“I’m not saying that’s what happened to these young people because it couldn’t have been their fault, they could have done everything right and this tragedy still hit them,” Bowser added.

Police said several people at the party left before officers arrived. He let investigators ask those participants or anyone with information to speak to them.

“We desperately need the public’s help in this case,” National City Police Department Lt. Derek Aydelotte said, “

“Anyway, you don’t need to fight with guns – how cowardly is that?” Keller commented.

Anyone who may have information or video related to this investigation is strongly encouraged to contact the National City Police Department’s Investigations Division at 619-336-4457. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call San Diego Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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