Three Shot At Brewery Restaurant In San Diego's South Bay

October 29, 2023

Three people were shot and wounded Saturday evening at a brewery restaurant in San Diego's South Bay.

Chula Vista Police Department responded to reports of a shooting at 7:16pm on Saturday, October 28, at the Novo Brazil brewery and restaurant sited in Otay Ranch Town Center mall. Officers found three victims with non-life threatening wounds after being shot and a fourth injured after being grazed by a bullet during the turmoil. The victims ages are 16, 21, 58 and 60-years-old. The suspect fled and initial indications were that the shooting was not an active shooter.

Witnesses reported there was an altercation in front of the restaurant between three high-school-age males who allegedly go or went to Olympian High School and were not eating at the restaurant. One of the individuals pulled a gun so the others ran through the restaurant and the assailant chased them into the eatery and opened fire. At least one individual that was not involved and was a patron of the restaurant was shot and an employee of the restaurant was also injured. The shooting resulted in a forced lockdown of the mall for approximately thirty minutes. Chula Vista police are still searching for the suspect.

"We believe there was one shooter and at least two people in that group," CVPD Lieutenant James Petray said during a news conference. "We have a group that was the suspect group, which we believe was approximately two people, potentially more."

Once the three gunshot victims were located, they were transported to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, police said. The lockdown was lifted after officers determined there was not an active shooter. Anyone with information on this case, or who can provide additional evidence, is asked to contact San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

"There was a shooting incident last night at Otay Ranch Town Center with alleged participants eventually entering NOVO Brazil Brewing Company," commented Tiago Carneiro, founder of NOVO Brazil Brewing Company. "One NOVO employee sustained a minor injury as a result of debris. One NOVO patron was struck by a bullet as an innocent bystander. We are grateful that both injuries are not life threatening, and we are praying for speedy recoveries." 

Novo Brazil will be back open for business on Sunday morning at 2015 Birch Road, Suite #1017, in San Diego's South Bay city of Chula Vista.