EL CAJON, Calif. — A 16-year-old was shot Saturday evening in the parking lot of an El Cajon shopping center, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.
Around 4:30 p.m., El Cajon police were dispatched to the Parkway Plaza shopping center at 400 Fletcher Parkway after receiving a report of an active shooter, SDSO said. Officers were also called to assist.
When authorities arrived on scene, investigators determined the incident was not an active shooter situation, but rather an assault with a firearm.
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According to SDSO, the 16-year-old was shot near the mall’s Spirit Halloween location. They were transported to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, ECPD said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.
The suspect fled the scene after the shooting.
Other details were not immediately available. The El Cajon Police Department is leading the investigation into this incident, SDSO said.
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