Father: CA condo victims were Navy pilot, sister

January 2, 2012 - 6:38 PM

CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — A Navy pilot in training who recently took his first flight in an F/A-18 fighter jet was among the four people found dead in a New Year's shooting at a condominium in a toney neighborhood just blocks from the historic Hotel del Coronado, his father said Monday.

David Reis, 25, an aviator in training at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar since September, and his sister Karen Reis, 24, a volleyball coach, were confirmed as victims by the Navy, said their father, Tom Reis of Bakersfield.

The siblings were found at the Coronado condo after authorities responded to a report of gunfire shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday.

The elder Reis said he didn't know who else was at the condo in the wealthy seaside community on San Diego Bay where his son had been living.

"He just had his first F/A-18 flight," Tom Reis said. "Oh man, he loved it."

David Reis held a mechanical engineering degree from the University of New Mexico. Karen Reis graduated from University of California, San Diego in 2009 and stayed in the area, coaching volleyball and working at a grocery store.

She was very close to her brother, their father said.

A message left with Navy Region Southwest was not immediately returned.

The remaining victims were a 25-year-old Navy man and a 31-year-old man from Chula Vista, authorities said. Their names were not immediately released.

Officials found a dead man in the doorway to the three-story condo and the bodies of two men and a woman inside in different parts of the structure.

It was not immediately clear how the four people died. However, authorities previously said they did not believe there were any outstanding suspects.

A message seeking further information Monday from the San Diego County sheriff's homicide detail was not immediately returned.

Neighbor Don Hubbard said he was awakened by the shots that he thought were fired by New Year's revelers. He went back to sleep but two hours later got a phone call and heard SWAT teams swarming the area.

Hubbard, a retired Navy commander, said he saw the body of one man in the condo doorway and recognized him as his neighbor — a Navy pilot receiving training at Miramar.

"I knew these guys were pilots because I was one and we'd talk about airplanes," Hubbard said. "Even now, you say, how could this have happened? What the hell is going on here?"

The condo is located a few blocks from the famed Hotel del Coronado and a block from the main street lined with boutiques and restaurants.

Coronado is home to Naval Air Station North Island and is a haven for Navy retirees. Homicides are extremely rare in Coronado — just one was recorded in 2010.