Scripps Ranch Teen Accused of Gunning Down Dad

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Monday morning on suspicion of shooting and killing his 46-year-old father in the family's condominium near Scripps Ranch, police said. The shooting happened just before 8:40p.m. Sunday inside the condo on Affinity Court, San Diego police homicide Lt. Anthony Dupree said.

A preliminary investigation concluded the father and son lived together at the condo, but detectives do not know what led to the shooting. The first officers to arrive at the scene found the father lying on a bedroom floor suffering from at least one gunshot wound to his upper body, Dupree said. 

"Officers provided immediate medical aid to the victim, until relived by paramedics,'' the lieutenant said. ``Unfortunately, the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.''

The suspect, whose name was not released, ran from the condo on foot before police arrived, but he was arrested at 1:00a.m. about two miles from his family's home when someone called 911 after spotting the teen on Scripps Poway Parkway near the I-15, Dupree said. He was arrested with a handgun in his waistband and dozens of rounds of ammunition in his backpack.  Officers taped brown paper bags around the suspect's hands, presumably to preserve possible gunshot residue evidence. 

Dupree says investigators have no evidence suggesting the teen was planning any other violence.

"There was some speculation that the suspect was planning on shooting up a school or something,'' Dupree said. That obviously caused some trepidation for some people. We have absolutely no evidence that was the case." 

The victim's wife and another son may have been at the condo at the time of his death, and the other son reportedly called 911 to report the shooting. Anyone with information should call the San Diego Police Department's homicide unit at (619) 531-2293 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers' anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

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