Police up patrol after second shooting at La Jolla motel

By Ashley Mackin

During the public comment period of the La Jolla Town Council meeting Jan. 9, a Bird Rock resident notified the group that a shooting had taken place at the Biltmore Motel in Bird Rock, hoping to raise awareness and draw attention to the issue.

The shooting was the second in five months at the motel at 5385 La Jolla Blvd., a 17-room property that offers nightly, weekly and monthly rates.

The resident, who asked not to be identified, said she will also take her concerns to the Bird Rock Community Council, so its members are aware of the problem as well.

“On Dec. 29 there was a shooting at the Biltmore Motel, probably at 8:15 p.m. because at 8:30 p.m. there was a man moaning and screaming and asking for help in front of my property. The police thought someone shot him at the complex where I live (half a block from the Biltmore),” she said, but police later explained the victim had been shot at the motel.

“It’s a frightening thing to have people being shot down the street from where you live.”

In August 2013, a man was shot in the hand during an altercation at the Biltmore.

Police were not present at the meeting, but Northern Division Captain Jerry Hara later told

La Jolla Light

police are “working on several strong leads” and have increased their patrol of the area.

“We are also proactively working with other city agencies to find a long-term solution with the owners of the Biltmore,” Hara said. “We have closed-door meetings scheduled this week. Hopefully, we will be able to come up with a successful solution with a joint partnership.”