Just over a year ago, Juan Carlos Balderas, 21, who police said was a documented Encinitas gang member, was shot dead in a downtown Carlsbad park.
But not by rivals, prosecutors say. In the heat of a fight with Carlsbad gang members, Balderas was accidentally shot by members of his own gang, who had invaded enemy turf looking for trouble, according to prosecutors.
I'll be honest. I've lived in this area on and off for 20 years and I never knew Encinitas even had gangs. But I was overseas when this happened.
Encinitas' only documented gang, in existence at least 40 years, has historically been linked to an area south of Leucadia Boulevard and east of Interstate 5, as well as some patches of the city farther south.
However, many of the younger gang members appear to have been priced out of their traditional turf and moved to other North County cites, Encinitas detectives say.
A list of San Diego County gang injunctions is here, with none apparently closer than San Marcos.