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Man stabbed to death at McDonald's in Midway District

Police said the suspect attacked the man and fled the scene in a light-colored vehicle, possibly a minivan.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego police are searching for the person responsible for stabbing and killing a man at McDonald's in the Midway District Wednesday afternoon. 

Authorities were called to the 3800 block of Midway Drive in the Midway District around 11:25 a.m. following reports of an altercation. 

First responders arrived on the scene and found one man, approximately 35 years old, suffering from stab wounds. 

The victim was taken to an area hospital and was pronounced dead, according to San Diego police.

Lieutenant Jud Campbell told CBS 8 that witnesses reported the suspect arrived in a light-colored minivan, jumped out, and immediately began attacking the victim.

"The whole thing happened in less than a minute, very quick, very immediate, " Lt Campbell said while describing the attack.

Witnesses told SDPD the suspect chased the victim, repeatedly stabbing him, according to Lt. Campbell.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man, approximately 5 foot 8, weighing about 220 pounds. Police say he fled the scene and was last spotted heading westbound down Midway Drive. 

"Any little piece of information could help us put this together and solve this crime," Lt. Campbell said, urging the public to speak up if they saw something.

Police spent hours gathering evidence and interviewing McDonald's employees and witnesses. Investigators are also going through surveillance video from the restaurant and combing the neighborhood for surveillance video from other businesses.

It's unclear what led to the altercation and if the suspect and victim knew each other.

"It does seem that this was very immediate, that this suspect went directly to this victim," said Lt. Campbell. "It’s too early to speculate, although it does seem like something didn’t happen here that led up to this."

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. 

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