Spokane marathon runner recounts shooting near California race

Spokane marathon runner recounts shooting near California race

A Spokane marathon runner recounted the terrifying moments in San Diego, California Sunday when gunfire rang out near the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon finish line.

According to the Associated Press, police responded to reports of a shooting in downtown San Diego, not far from the finish line of the annual marathon. Carol Dellinger said she was held at mile 24 with thousands of other runners while police responded. Her friend was at the finish line.

“It was a pretty scary situation for everybody at the finish line and then for me, being two miles away not knowing, you know, what’s happening at the finish line was pretty scary,” Dellinger said.

The AP reported that police identified the woman as 58-year-old Mona Elease Williams. They said she pointed a weapon at police and was eventually arrested on the roof of a parking structure near the marathon’s finish line.

Dellinger said she’s run the San Diego marathon more than a dozen times, but has never experienced anything like this. The race Sunday was her 308 full marathon, but she said crossing the finish line felt nothing like any other race she’s been part of.

“I was happy to finish and be reunited with my friend and I’m sure everyone else was. But, it was just a very solemn, different feeling when we crossed the finish line. It was not the pomp and circumstance that we usually have,” Dellinger said. “I was just glad to get out of there and get wheels up on a plane.”

A San Diego police spokesman said police were pursuing Williams after her alleged involvement in a hit-and-run accident. The AP reports that a police officer shot himself accidentally in the leg during the pursuit and was expected to recover.