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1 killed, 2 wounded in unrelated shootings in Mt. Hope, Gaslamp and Clairemont

Gang detectives were investigating the shootings in the Mount Hope and Clairemont areas, while homicide detectives were handling the Gaslamp shooting.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — A 22-year-old man died in a shooting in downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter and two other men were wounded in unrelated shootings in the Mount Hope and Clairemont areas, police said Friday.

The first shooting happened shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday on Boundary Street, just north of Market Street, in the Mount Hope area, San Diego police Officer Robert Heims said.

Two men were walking on Boundary when a dark 4-door sedan drove toward them and someone in it opened fire, Heims said. A 38-year-old man was struck at least once in the upper left thigh, while the other man was unharmed.

The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries, which were not believed to be life-threatening, the officer said. The suspect vehicle was last seen westbound on Market, but no suspect description was immediately available.

The second shooting was reported around 9:40 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of Fifth Avenue and E Street in the Gaslamp Quarter, Lt. Matt Dobbs said.

Officers responded to the scene and found a 22-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body, Dobbs said. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators determined the victim and a companion were involved in an altercation with a third man, who pulled out a firearm and shot the victim before fleeing eastbound on E, the lieutenant said. The victim's companion chased the suspect, and police found the companion a short distance away.

No detailed suspect description was immediately available.

The third shooting happened shortly before 10:30 p.m. Thursday on Chateau Drive, just east of Mount Abernathy Avenue in the Clairemont neighborhood, Martinez said.

Investigators determined a 23-year-old man was driving an SUV westbound on Chateau when he was struck by gunfire, then crashed into an electrical box in front of San Diego Fire-Rescue station 36, the officer said.

He was taken to a hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his back, which was initially considered life-threatening, Martinez said, adding that the man's condition was improving Friday morning.

Witnesses reported seeing a silver 4-door sedan fleeing the shooting scene, but no suspect description was immediately available.

Gang detectives were investigating the shootings in the Mount Hope and Clairemont areas, while homicide detectives were handling the Gaslamp investigation. There was no indication the incidents were related, Martinez said.