Mr. Ely was among those who were killed in a flash of carnage. It began when Travis Sarreshteh (32) approached Justice Boldin (a hotel parking attendant) and, without warning shot him with a Polymer80 gun. Mr. Boldin, a former college baseball player, was killed almost immediately.
After being charged with murder, Mr. Sarreshteh pleaded not guilty and brushed shoulders with a group from New Jersey. According to police, he wheeled and fired, inflicting minor injuries on two of the men. Vincent Gazzani (a third man) was also injured in the stomach, lung, and arm. That volley probably struck Mr. Ely.
“I was sure I was going to die — I couldn’t catch my breath,” said Mr. Gazzani, who was saved by a former Israeli Army medic who applied a field dressing from a napkin, assuring him he was “going to make it” as he waited for paramedics to arrive.
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Police are still not certain how Mr. Sarreshteh got the weapon. This theme is common in all ghost gun investigations. However, he was able to get a ghost gun because he avoided a background check that would have revealed his criminal history, which included a 2017 conviction for illegal weapons.
The shooting made little national impact. It did however galvanize officials in San Diego.
“How could somebody who was barred from lawfully purchasing a firearm get a 9-millimeter gun and shoot five people in the middle of the street?” said Marni von Wilpert, a San Diego city councilwoman who pushed through a law banning guns without serial numbers, part of a wave of local legislation addressing the crisis.
Community leaders in some of the state’s violence-plagued urban neighborhoods have been sounding the alarm for the last couple of years, as teenagers snap up homemade guns for protection, or as emblems of toughness.
Source: NY Times