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San Diego police: Still no evidence racism prompted attack

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into Sunday’s shooting rampage at a pool party in San Diego.. (all times local):

3 p.m.

San Diego police say they still have no evidence that racism played a role in a deadly weekend attack by a white gunman on a party attended mostly by black guests.

Assistant Chief Brian Ahearn said Wednesday that the investigation was continuing after officers interviewed guests and family members, associates and the ex-girlfriend of the gunman.

Police also say they have searched his apartment, social media accounts and email.

Some survivors say they believe gunman Peter Selis selected minorities to shoot at the poolside party at an apartment complex.

Navy Lt. j.g. Lauren Chapman, who was at the party, says the gunman told at least one white woman to leave.

Ahearn said Selis told one black woman he would not shoot her if she stayed put.

One woman was killed in the attack Sunday and six people were wounded. All but two were black.

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1 p.m.

The survivors of a weekend shooting rampage at a San Diego apartment complex pool say it is too soon for police to rule out that the attack by a white gunman on a party attended mostly by blacks was not motivated by race.

Navy Lt. j.g. Lauren Chapman who attended the pool party told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the gunman appeared to be targeting minorities.

Chapman says she saw two white women sitting much closer to the gunman than those who were shot. Chapman says the gunman also told the white girlfriend of the party’s host “you can either leave or you can stay here and die” as she tried to help a black woman who was shot. The black woman later died.

Police say the gunman who shot seven people was despondent over a breakup and nothing indicates race played a role. They continue to investigate.

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10:30 a.m.

The family of the gunman who shot seven people at a San Diego pool party over the weekend says they feel “unbearable pain” and cannot explain the actions of Peter Selis.

Monique Clark, 35, was killed in the shooting Sunday.

Police killed 49-year-old Selis at the pool. Officials say Selis was despondent over a breakup.

“Our family feels the unbearable pain caused by Pete’s senseless acts,” the Selis family said in a statement sent to KFMB-TV (http://bit.ly/2pIw5kx ). “We cannot understand what would have caused Pete to do this. Words cannot express our profound grief and sorrow for all the victims and their families. On behalf of our family, we are so sorry that this happened. We ask that you please respect our privacy. We will miss our beloved Pete forever.”

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