Second Belmont Park shooting since Sunday

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Police Department confirms that the second shooting in just five days occurred Thursday night near the popular Belmont Park area of ​​Mission Beach.

On Friday, police confirmed that it happened just before 9 p.m. somewhere in the area between the boardwalk and Belmont Park. Officers arrested three people and say a weapon has been recovered.

“Surprised, but not terribly shocked, because for some reason it’s not uncommon here in Belmont, it just got out of hand,” said Zayra De La Parra, account manager for Fit Athletic Club in Mission Beach.

With the recent heat wave bringing summer crowds, local businesses are reeling from two shootings in one week.

“This area has taken a turn towards a more family environment, so when something drastic happens, like the sporadic shooting in the parking lot, it really raises a lot of concern and raises eyebrows,” said Skyler McManus, owner of Hamel’s Surf. & Skate.

Police say the gang unit is now investigating Thursday’s shooting.

“A 24-hour police presence is the only way the nefarious people stay away and the tourists, the local people, can enjoy the beach,” Kelley Sexton said.

FOX 5 caught up with Sexton for the first time after she witnessed a Labor Day shooting in the area that left a woman injured. This week she found herself near the gunfire again.

“Sunday was really scary because I heard a pop, pop, pop,” Sexton said.

Around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, a separate shooting near Belmont Park ended in the arrest of three more people. Police are unable to confirm whether the two shootings are related.

“In the past they’ve even put a substation in the parking lot in the south and that usually messes with everything. Even put spotlights on this parking lot,” McManus said.

Companies hope the police will consider a permanent presence again.

“I feel like there’s something we need to do. At Fit Athletic we are very community oriented and when things like that happen just outside my workplace you feel a little unsafe and uncomfortable,” said De La Parra.

While there are no confirmed plans for now to bring the Mission Beach substation back, police say the staff has expanded around Mission Beach seven days a week.

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