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Arrest made after woman was found in Pacific Beach with gunshot wound

Police say people found a woman on the sand suffering from a gunshot wound around 12:30 a.m.

SAN DIEGO — Police Tuesday are investigating the death of a 65-year-old Hispanic woman in Pacific Beach.

San Diego Police officers responded to reports of shots fired and found bystanders attempting to help a woman suffering from gunshot wounds near the beach on Mission Boulevard and Reed Avenue around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say the woman appeared to have at least one gunshot wound to her upper body. 

The woman was taken to a hospital, where she died.

On Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 27-year-old Daniel Caldera was contacted and arrested at 4400 Mission Boulevard. Caldera is the victim’s son. He was booked into jail for murder.

Johanna Halldorf, a witness who is staying at a near by hostel, was with some friends having a bonfire at the beach when the shooting happened.

"We heard something but I didn’t really thought it was a gunshot, nobody really reacted on it. Until a few minutes later some people came by screaming that there is a woman that is hurt. Me and some people ran over and tried to help her and called 911, " said Halldorf.

Halldorf says after dialing 911, she began performing CPR, "you can't really describe how you feel in a situation like that, it was horrible of course, but we tried to stay focus and not try to get many feelings into it when we were helping her and just trying to help her until the ambulance came."

A spokesman for San Diego Police said, "We are talking to quite a few people out here on the beach. We are talking to people to try and figure out what happened and sort of figure out and put together what happened. We do know that there were some people that were out here who left prior to police arrival that were not interview. So we are hopeful that anyone who has any information that will help us understand what happened here tonight and how this woman lost her life will come forward to the San Diego Police Department."

Police closed a large portion of the boardwalk near Mission Boulevard and Reed Avenue for many hours. It has since been reopened.  

No suspects have been identified as the investigation was ongoing.

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