Skip to main content









Donation Heart Ribbon

New Year’s Shooting In Coronado Leaves 4 Dead

Authorities confirmed today that two of four people killed in a Coronado condominium about two hours into the new year were Navy pilots stationed at Miramar.

The names of those killed were being withheld today for unknown reasons. A spokesman for the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office said the records had been "sealed'' at the request of sheriff's deputies, but said two of the dead were 25, one an "active-duty Navy,'' and the other a Navy officer.

The office later removed that information from its website.

The two others found dead New Year's Day about 2 a.m. were a 31-year-old Chula Vista man and a 24-year-old San Diego woman, according to the Medical Examiner's Office. One body was found in the doorway of the condo, the other three inside, according to sheriff's deputies and published reports.

Law enforcement authorities have not said what could have motivated the bloodshed.

The San Diego Union-Tribune, based on an interview with the father of two victims, originally from Bakersfield, named two of the dead as Navy pilot David Reis and his 24-year-old sister, Karen Reis, a former UC San Diego volleyball player who works at a grocery store and as an assistant volleyball coach at a local high school.

A spokesman for Marine Corps Air Station Miramar confirmed two of the dead were stationed at the base but declined to name them, saying their names would not be made public until 24 hours after their next of kin was notified. That apparently was done sometime yesterday, based on the Union-Tribune's interview with the father of two the dead.

The Medical Examiner's Office listed the time of death for all four as 2:20 a.m. Sunday, about the time deputies got a 911 call from a mobile caller, reporting shots fired.

Responding officers found a fatally wounded person in or near the doorway and the other three bodies inside, according to law enforcement authorities and broadcast reports.

Deputies sent in a SWAT team robot to search the condominium at first, unsure what had happened or if the shooter could still be in the condominium.

Although law enforcement would not say plainly that one of the four shot the other three and committed suicide, detectives did say no shooter was being sought.

Coronado police, sheriff's homicide detectives and agents with Naval Criminal Investigative Services are all involved in various aspects of the investigation.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.