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1 killed, 1 injured in shooting at San Diego Central Library; suspect search underway

San Diego Police Department is searching for a person in connection with a shooting at San Diego Central Library.

SAN DIEGO — At least one person was killed, and another was injured in a shooting at San Diego Central Library Tuesday afternoon.

San Diego police officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 300 block of Park Boulevard around 12:30 p.m. Downtown.

Lieutenant Jud Campbell with San Diego Police Department's Homicide Unit said at some point during an interaction in the foyer of San Diego Central Library, an unidentified man, only described as a black man wearing dark clothing, produced a weapon and shot two people.

One person was pronounced dead on the scene, and another was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Lt. Campbell said the person killed was estimated to be around 20 years old, but a Medical Examiner with the County of San Diego would have to work to confirm those findings.

The victim was shot and transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was only described as a 24-year-old man.

Surveillance video from HOB Coffee shop shows the moment customers inside quickly get up from their seats and run for cover, including manager Alyssa Lugo, who says she was conducting a work interview at the time of the shooting.

“We heard the noise; we weren’t sure what it was. There was a delivery truck blocking our view from it. So, at first, we thought, ‘oh probably a pallet fell’ cause it was just a loud sound, and then we realized that’s not a pellet that fell," said Lugo.

Lugo says she and customers ducked for cover while the shooter ran past their building.

"The door was opened when it happened, so we could hear everything better. The thought after was he could have run in here, and there would’ve been nothing we would’ve done," she added.

A man who lives nearby says many people are shaken up.

“You want to feel safe in your community, but things like this are just unsettling,” said East Village resident Andy Buskirk.

A Watch Commander with San Diego police told CBS 8 that witnesses reported seeing a gunman run toward San Diego Central Library.

According to their website, the San Diego Central Library canceled all events and closed for the remainder of the day in response to the shooting.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department also responded to the scene. 

Residents in the area posted to social media, sharing videos of heavy police presence.

Authorities were last reported searching around San Diego Central Library for a suspect in connection with the shooting.

"I hope the citizens of San Diego are assured the San Diego Police Department has devoted an enormous amount of resources to getting this person in custody," Campbell said.

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