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Published on April 01, 2024
Vista Community Mourns as Two Arrested for Fatal Shooting of 71-Year-Old Man Near Highway 78Source: Google Street View

A community is grappling with grief after a 71-year-old man, identified as Bryan Robert Hugo of Vista, was fatally shot last Thursday evening, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. His life snuffed out near the 78/Sycamore Avenue exit after a mysterious confrontation. Paramedics fought to save him, but he was pronounced dead before 9 p.m., sparking a swift investigation that led to a high-speed pursuit and the arrest of two suspects.

Joseph Freddy Cedillo, 19, and Jamal Alexander Solis, 18, now face charges related to the grim incident reported by San Diego Sheriff's Department, which began when California Highway Patrol officers chanced upon a vehicle that took off, resulting in a chase that ended in San Marcos with Cedillo and Solis being dragged into custody, they are a resident of Escondido and Santee respectively, the former booked on murder charges, the latter as accessory after the fact.

The motive behind the brazen attack remains elusive as detectives are leaving no stone unturned while the Sheriff's Department stated there "may have been a traffic related incident" preceding the violence, a detail that hints at road rage but still leaves much to the imagination as per a release obtained from Hoodline.

Reassurances have been issued to the shell-shocked public by officials declaring "no outstanding suspects or danger to the community," a scant comfort to those mourning the untimely demise of Hugo. The Sheriff's Office is urging witnesses or individuals to come forward.