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Published on February 26, 2024
Valley Center Resident Charged with Attempted Murder After Shooting on Rincon ReservationSource: Google Street View

A hail of bullets rang out on the Rincon Indian Reservation in Valley Center last Friday, leaving a 46-year-old man fighting for his life, and now a 31-year-old local resident is behind bars on multiple felony charges, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department reports.

The afternoon calm was shattered by gunfire at around 1:00 p.m. on the 7500 block of Mendoza Road. Deputies sprinted to the chaotic scene where they found the wounded man peppered with bullets, and without wasting a moment, an air ambulance was roaring towards the hospital, its cargo a life hanging in the balance. The suspected gunman, Kyle Del Gregory of Valley Center, was apprehended as effortlessly as a pawn in a game of kings, with deputies also nabbing a rifle said to be linked to the violence.

The sheriff's department confirmed that Gregory, who was taken to Vista Detention Facility, is staring down the dark tunnel of justice with no bail lights to guide him, faced with charges including attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. 

This act has prompted authorities to implore the public to come forth with information, individuals can cast their voice anonymously through Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Those who wish to propel the truth into the light are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit—where Lieutenant Joseph Jarjura stands as a sentinel of inquiry—at (858) 285-6330 during usual hours or at (858) 565-5200 after the hush of darkness falls.

For further details, the official statement from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department posted on their website elucidates the harrowing incident and serves as a grim reminder of the fragility of peace when the specter of violence looms large over a community once deemed tranquil.