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A sheriff's helicopter searches an area in Carlsbad Friday morning where a man was shot. Photo by Tony Cagala
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Carlsbad police searching for gunman after shooting

CARLSBAD — Police are searching for a gunman suspected of shooting a 45-year-old San Marcos man on Thursday night.

Carlsbad police responded to a call of gunshots at 11:13 p.m. near San Elijo and Rancho Santa Fe roads.

According to the victim’s friend, multiple shots were fired from the brush are off Avenida Soledad. The victim was struck once in his side and transported to Scripps Encinitas then Scripps La Jolla.

He underwent surgery and is in stable condition, according to CPD.

Officers contained the scene from northbound Camino Junipero to southbound Melrose Drive on Rancho Santa Fe Road.

The SWAT team was called to the area and conducted a systematic search of the area to find the suspect.  The unit used the Bearcat Rescue Vehicle for the search, although the suspect was not located.

A reverse 911 call went out to the area asking residents to stay inside, but has since been lifted.

The investigation is in its early stages. Investigators do not feel this was a random act but a specific act between individuals.

Investigators and evidence technicians were on scene collecting evidence, information about the suspect and about why the subjects were in the area. There is currently no suspect description, and it is unknown what type of weapon was used. According to the CPD press release, possibly a long gun or rifle was used.

If anyone has information about this incident, call the CPD at (760) 931-2197.