Teen arrested in fatal shooting at motel in downtown San Diego

A 16-year-old boy was arrested last week in connection with a deadly shooting at a motel in downtown San Diego, police announced Tuesday.

The boy’s name was not released, which is the norm when a suspect is a juvenile. He was arrested on suspicion of murder shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday, four days after the fatal shooting on Jan. 31.

Police identified the victim as 18-year-old Carlos Ledesma-Diaz, of Escondido.

Investigators determined he had been in a room at the Days Inn on Ash Street near Ninth Avenue with others. Police Lt. Andra Brown said the gunman and a companion had walked out of the room with a third person. When that person walked back to the room, the gunman shot at the room, striking Ledesma-Diaz as he walked out of the room.

Several 911 callers reported hearing the gunshots about 9:10 p.m. When officers arrived, they were directed to the room, where they found Ledesma-Diaz suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was unresponsive.

Officers started CPR on him until medics arrived and took him to a hospital, where he died.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.