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Escondido Police Department
Saturday September 22nd, 2018 :: 07:37 a.m. PDT


Homicide in the 100 Block of W. Grand Ave.


CONTACT: Lt. Chris Lick
DATE: 9-22-2018
PHONE: 760-839-4444

Escondido Police Department
On 9-22-18 at about 12:56 a.m., Escondido Police Communications received several calls of a shooting taking place at a bar in the 100 block of W. Grand Ave. Once Officers arrived, citizens pointed out the suspect to officers. Officers chased the suspect on foot for several blocks and after a brief struggle, took the suspect into custody. The suspect was identified as Manuel Eliseo Martinez (32 years old), of Escondido.

Two gunshot victims were located and transported to Palomar Hospital. One victim died from his wounds. His identity is being withheld pending family notification. The second victim had non-life threatening injuries and is expected to survive.

EPD Detectives and the Forensic Services Unit responded to investigate the incident. Several witnesses were interviewed at the scene and the incident appears to be gang related.

Manuel Eliseo Martinez was booked into Vista Jail for the following charges: murder, attempted murder, possession of a weapon to commit an assault, carrying a loaded firearm in public, gang member possessing a firearm, possession of a controlled substance for sales, felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and resisting arrest.

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Escondido Police Department
1163 N. Centre City Parkway
Escondido, CA 92026

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