Father: Coronado Shooting Victims Were Siblings - Navy Pilot & Sister


CORONADO, Calif. (AP) -- A family member says two of the four people found dead in a New Year's shooting at a California condominium were a Navy pilot and his younger sister.

Tom Reis said Monday that his 25-year-old son David Reis and 24-year-old daughter Karen Reis were confirmed as victims by the Navy.

David Reis was training at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar since September. Karen Reis graduated from University of California, San Diego in 2009 and stayed in the area.

Authorities have said they found a dead man in the doorway of a Coronado condo and the bodies of two men and a woman inside after a report of gunfire early Sunday.

The San Diego Union-Tribune identified the two victims earlier Monday. A message left with Navy Region Southwest was not immediately returned.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.


Authorities on Monday identified two of the four people found dead in an early morning New Year's shooting at a California condominium as members of the Navy.

The San Diego Medical Examiner's office said the victims included two 25-year-old Navy men along with a 31-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman.

Officials did not immediately release the names of the civilian victims and referred inquiries on the military men to the Navy. A message left with Navy Region Southwest was not immediately returned.

Authorities found a man in the doorway of a Coronado condo and the bodies of two men and a woman inside after receiving a report of gunfire shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday.

Neighbor Don Hubbard said he thought the shots were fired by New Year's revelers and went back to sleep but was awoken two hours later by a phone call and SWAT teams swarming the area.

Hubbard, a retired Navy commander, said two of the victims were Navy pilots receiving training at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. He said he saw the body of one of the men in the doorway to the condo and recognized him.

"I knew these guys were pilots because I was one and we'd talk about airplanes," Hubbard said.

He said the shootings in the wealthy seaside community on San Diego Bay floored him.

"Even now, you say, how could this have happened? What the hell is going on here?" Hubbard said.

Hubbard said he believed the woman found dead was a sister to one of the pilots.

It was not immediately clear how the four people died. A message left for the San Diego County Sheriff's Homicide detail was not immediately returned.

On Sunday, a 911 call was placed by a male passer-by who heard gunshots. Authorities received a search warrant that afternoon to enter the three-story condo, which remained cordoned off. The bodies were found in different parts of the building.

Authorities on Sunday said they did not believe there were any outstanding suspects.

Neighbor Julie Kansy said she was awoken at 2:15 a.m. by six pops - three, followed by a short break, then three more.

The condo sits a few blocks from the famed Hotel del Coronado and a block from the main street, which is lined with boutiques and restaurants.

Coronado is home to Naval Air Station North Island and is a haven for Navy retirees. Homicides are extremely rare in Coronado - just one was recorded in 2010.

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