CPD arrests 2 in connection with Sept. 1 shooting

CPD arrests 2 in connection with Sept. 1 shooting
Carlsbad police arrested two individuals Thursday connected with a Sept. 1 shooting. Courtesy photo

CARLSBAD — Police arrested two suspects connected with a Sept. 1 shooting near Avenida Soledad.

According to the Carlsbad Police Department, Diana Lovejoy, 43, of Carlsbad and Weldon McDavid Jr., 49, of Fallbrook were apprehended on charges of attempted murder, conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon and assault with great bodily injury.

The two allegedly planned the attack, which left a 45-year-old San Marcos man injured from a gunshot after an ambush.

Authorities said Lovejoy is the estranged spouse of the victim, while McDavid is an employee at an Oceanside shooting range, where Lovejoy took lessons.

Investigators believe the two conspired and planned the incident. In addition, it is also believed that McDavid called the victim to arrange a meeting on the access road off Avenida Soledad.

While hiding in the bushes, McDavid shot at the victim, hitting him once before fleeing.

Detectives are still investigating the motive and the extent of the connection between Lovejoy and McDavid.

The team of investigators is now working with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office toward prosecution.

“We would like to thank the community for their support and for following the reverse 911 instructions the evening of the incident,” said CPD Police Chief Neil Gallucci. “We understand how frightening it must have been to learn what had occurred in the community. I would also like to thank the investigators for working around the clock to identify and arrest these two suspects.”

Gallucci went on to say, this incident was specific to these individuals and not a random act. Investigators do not believe there are any outstanding suspects.


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