Police arrest suspect in gas shooting that injured two out-of-town San Diego bystanders – NBC 7 San Diego


A man suspected of shooting two women in the Gaslamp Quarter last week has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, San Diego police said.

Detectives recently identified Johnza Watson, 25, as the suspected shooter.

Police responded to a report of an assault in the Gaslamp on Friday evening when they located five suspects and arrested them. Watson was part of the group and arrested him for his involvement in the Friday night assault and for attempted murder and assault with a firearm in the shooting last week.

On June 24, two North Carolina employees of the Preiss company, which manages large apartment complexes, arrived in San Diego to attend a business conference, when they decided to hang out in the neighborhood Gas lamp.

San Diego police say two groups of people were fighting at the intersection of 5th Avenue and F Street when someone, now identified as Watson, pulled out a gun and fired. The bullet first hit Toni Yrlas in the hand, then went through the torso of her friend and colleague, Lane Sheer.

Sheer’s injuries are serious, according to a spokesperson for the Preiss company. Yrlas was discharged from hospital and would recover at home.

San Diego police said two groups of people were fighting in downtown when someone in the group pulled out a gun and fired, hitting two innocent bystanders. NBC 7’s Allison Ash has details.

Detectives would like to interview anyone who can provide information about both incidents. Anyone with information can call SDPD or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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