A man who was shot Monday night in the parking lot of a 24 Hour Fitness club in El Cajon, CA, was in stable condition on Tuesday, according to multiple San Diego media reports.
The 28-year-old man was shot in the abdomen after a fight with another man in the club’s parking lot, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The shooting occurred in a dark area of a side parking lot, the newspaper reported.
Members of the club told the newspaper that the shooting victim ran into the gym and collapsed on the floor after he was shot. 24 Hour employees called 911 at around 8:50 p.m. Pacific time and tended to the victim before he was taken to a hospital. The shooter remains on the loose.
24 Hour said that it is cooperating with local police during the investigation.
“The safety and security of our members and our community are top priorities for 24 Hour Fitness, and we have placed additional security onsite for the forseeable future,” the company said in a statement.
The San Ramon, CA-based company has had its share of violence and tragedy in the past year. Last May, a man was stabbed to death in the parking lot of a club in Buena Park, CA. Last August, the wife of a 24 Hour employee survived a stabbing in her car in the club’s parking lot in Sacramento, CA. In March, a 24 Hour member was killed in the parking lot of a club in Costa Mesa, CA, after he crashed his car. The victim suffered an apparent heart attack.
Tragedy struck a 24 Hour employee earlier this month. A man who taught water aerobics at 24 Hour clubs in Rohnert Park and Santa Rosa, CA, as well as at a local YMCA died after he was swept away in the current of a river while white-water rafting. Stan Decker of Rohnert Park was 59. His daughter told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat that her father helped three people get on a raft after they were thrown from their boat before her father was pulled back into the water and was overcome by a current.