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Municipal Worker Shot by University Heights Resident

A San Diego City worker was shot Monday night by a University Heights resident.

Shots were fired just after 8:30 p.m. on Meade Avenue, near Maryland Street. Witnesses told NBC 7 that the worker was shot in the right shoulder.

Companions of the city confirmed to NBC 7 that residents of Meade Avenue had been without water since the afternoon due to work done on the street.

SDPD says the victim was at the suspect's water counter when the suspect left. The words were exchanged and the suspect shot the worker with a shotgun, police said.

The suspect is described as a man in his 80s. The neighbors said they saw him on the street after the shooting and that he seemed disoriented. He was arrested when the police arrived and was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

"It seems it's hard to understand why that would happen," witness Danica Forest said. "I saw them walking the neighborhood with the construction worker resting, then you would think that the person was working for the city."

SDPD has not confirmed whether the shooting was a case of mistaken identity or the result of some other reason.

The victim was transferred to Scripps Mercy Hospital without life-threatening injuries. His co-workers described him as a 55-year-old man who has been at work for almost 20 years.

No other information available.

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