Local officials identify two men who were victims of a fatal shooting last week in the South Bay.
Authorities confirmed the identification of the victims public Thursday, eight days after the shooting had reportedly taken place on August 30, at around 7:45 p.m.
Officials identified Joseph Arias, 33, and David Bruley, 42, as the two victims who were fatally shot at last week and later found in a pickup truck that had reportedly crashed into a van on the 1600 block of Brandywine Avenue in Chula Vista.
The victims were then taken into a near hospital by paramedics, where they were later officially pronounced dead due to their fatal wounds, according to Sgt. Anthony Molina.
Investigators say that 33-year-old Joseph Arias, Chula Vista resident, along with Bruley, were directly shot at by the Valle Lindo Park on 500 block of Sequoia Street, less than a minute away from where the crash took place. The park is located just up the hill from the Chula Vista locations of Honda, Toyota and Ford.
As ChulaVistaToday reported last week, Chula Vista Police Department Lt. David Oyos said investigators believe the victims collided into the van attempting to flee the scene while suffering from their eventual fatal wounds.
“Based on the preliminary investigation, it appears the pick-up truck collided into the parked van while fleeing the scene of the shooting,” said Lt. Oyos in a news release.
According to Sgt. Anthony Molina, there are local witnesses who say they saw multiple vehicles speed away from the area just after the gun shots were triggered on the night of August 30.
As of now, police have not found a motive nor suspects tied to this case.
If anyone has any valuable information regarding this fatal shooting, police ask the public to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Any tips on the matter will remain anonymous with full-protection, and could see eligibility for a tipster reward of up to $1,000 for cooperating.