San Diego police kill beer-drinking poolside gunman who shot eight

San Diego police officers stand in front of a cordoned off La Jolla apartment after a shooting Sunday, April 30, 2017, in San Diego. Police shot and killed a 49-year-old man suspected of shooting several people Sunday at a birthday pool party in an apartment complex near the University of California, San Diego, authorities said. (AP)
Updated 01 May 2017

San Diego police kill beer-drinking poolside gunman who shot eight

SAN DIEGO: San Diego police said on Sunday they had shot and killed a man who had opened fire beside a pool at an apartment complex, while holding a beer in his other hand, wounding eight people.
San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman told an evening news conference the gunman was killed after pointing his weapon at police, who had responded to reports of shots being fired at an apartment complex in the wealthy enclave of La Jolla just after 6 p.m. local time (0100 GMT Monday).
Eight people were hit, Zimmerman said. Several were in critical condition and being treated in hospitals in the area.
The gunman was not identified and no motive was disclosed.
A resident of the apartment complex who witnessed part of the incident told television station KFMB-TV, the CBS affiliate in San Diego, he saw several people who had been shot before the gunman was killed by police.
Media reported the shooting broke out at the La Jolla Crossroads Apartments in the University City section of San Diego.
The KFMB eyewitness, who identified himself only as a Crossroads resident named John, said he saw the suspect “sitting, drinking a beer in one hand with a gun out in the other” in the pool area of the apartment complex.
He said he and his wife, a nurse, saw “three people laying on the ground shot” and that he also saw one wounded victim trying to crawl to another to give assistance.
He said two police officers who arrived on the scene confronted the gunman, who exchanged gunfire with police before he was shot. The eyewitness also said some of the victims were taken away in cars to the hospital before fire department personnel or paramedics made it to the scene.


World’s oldest man dies in Japan at 112

Updated 25 February 2020

World’s oldest man dies in Japan at 112

  • Chitetsu Watanabe, who was born on March 5, 1907 in Niigata, north of Tokyo, died on Sunday at his nursing home
  • The news came less than two weeks after Watanabe was officially recognized by Guinness World Records

TOKYO: A Japanese man recently named the world’s oldest living male has died aged 112, a local official said Tuesday.

Chitetsu Watanabe, who was born on March 5, 1907 in Niigata, north of Tokyo, died on Sunday at his nursing home in the same prefecture, the official said.

The news came less than two weeks after he was officially recognized by Guinness World Records.

Watanabe, who had five children, said the secret to longevity was to “not get angry and keep a smile on your face.”

He admitted a penchant for sweets such as custard pudding and ice cream.

The oldest man in Japan is now Issaku Tomoe, who is 110 years old, according to Jiji Press, although it was not clear if Tomoe holds the title globally.

The oldest living person is also Japanese, Kane Tanaka, a 117-year-old woman.

Japan has one of the world’s highest life expectancies and has been home to several people recognized as among the oldest humans to have ever lived.

They include Jiroemon Kimura, the longest-living man on record, who died soon after his 116th birthday in June 2013.

The oldest verified person — Jeanne Louise Calment of France — died in 1997 at the age of 122, according to Guinness.