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Two Navy pilots among four killed in Coronado shooting

January 4, 2012 |  8:18 am

Two Navy pilots among four killed in Coronado shooting

Two Navy pilots were among four people fatally shot early New Year's Day in a Coronado apartment near the famous Hotel de Coronado.

Lt. Larry Nesbit of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said there were no suspects considered at large but he declined to label the killings as a murder-suicide.

The department appealed for help from the public, apparently to determine the relationship between one of those who died and the other three.

The shootings occurred at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Neighbors called the Coronado Police Department, which responded within four minutes. The Sheriff's Department SWAT squad was also called.

One body was found in the doorway, and the three others were discovered inside the apartment, authorities said.

Officials have not released names of the dead, but family members and others have identified three of them as Navy pilots David Reis, 25, and Bob Reeves, 25, and Reis' sister, Karen, 24.

Reis and Reeves were assigned to an F/A-18 Hornet squadron at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego, authorities said. Karen Reis, a graduate of UC San Diego, was working at a local grocery store and as a volleyball coach.

The fourth person has been identified only as a 31-year-old civilian man from Chula Vista. His relationship to the other three is unknown.

The case is also being investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

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--Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Four bodies were found in the Coronado building at right on New Year's Day. Credit: Gregory Bull / Associated Press

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