Homicide

4 attacks, 2 deadly, on San Diego homeless population

  • A man sleeps in a wheelchair in a neighborhood crowded by homeless people Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in San Diego. Another San Diego homeless man was seriously injured early Wednesday by an attacker police say struck while he was asleep and tried to set him on fire, the latest in a spate of attacks on transients that have left two dead. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    A man sleeps in a wheelchair in a neighborhood crowded by homeless people Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in San Diego. Another San Diego homeless man was seriously injured early Wednesday by an attacker police say struck while he was asleep and tried to set him on fire, the latest in a spate of attacks on transients that have left two dead. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Diego Homeless Outreach Team officer Brian Lucchesi canvasses several areas in the Midway and Sports Arena Blvd. area Wednesday, July 6, 2016, stopping to talk with people like Ronald Mays who rolled over to look at the flyer with pictures of a suspect in recent assaults on the homeless. On Wednesday, the San Diego Police Department's Homeless Outreach Team branched out to advise the area's homeless population about the increasing number of  assaults on homeless individuals. So far two people have been murdered and two others badly beaten.  (Peggy Peattie/San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

    San Diego Homeless Outreach Team officer Brian Lucchesi canvasses several areas in the Midway and Sports Arena Blvd. area Wednesday, July 6, 2016, stopping to talk with people like Ronald Mays who rolled over to look at the flyer with pictures of a suspect in recent assaults on the homeless. On Wednesday, the San Diego Police Department's Homeless Outreach Team branched out to advise the area's homeless population about the increasing number of assaults on homeless individuals. So far two people have been murdered and two others badly beaten. (Peggy Peattie/San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Diego Homeless Outreach Team officer Brian Lucchesi canvasses several areas in the Midway and Sports Arena Blvd. area Wednesday, July 6, 2016, stopping to talk with people like Robert and Krista, two homeless people who stay in the area. The couple hadn't heard about the recent assaults on the homeless. On Wednesday, the San Diego Police Department's Homeless Outreach Team branched out to advise the area's homeless population about the increasing number of  assaults on homeless individuals. So far two people have been murdered and two others badly beaten.  (Peggy Peattie/San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

    San Diego Homeless Outreach Team officer Brian Lucchesi canvasses several areas in the Midway and Sports Arena Blvd. area Wednesday, July 6, 2016, stopping to talk with people like Robert and Krista, two homeless people who stay in the area. The couple hadn't heard about the recent assaults on the homeless. On Wednesday, the San Diego Police Department's Homeless Outreach Team branched out to advise the area's homeless population about the increasing number of assaults on homeless individuals. So far two people have been murdered and two others badly beaten. (Peggy Peattie/San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)  (The Associated Press)

San Diego's homeless population is on edge after four attacks on transients in four days, two of them fatal.

Police are seeking someone they now identify as the sole suspect, a man seen on convenience store surveillance video wearing a cap, jacket and backpack.

In the latest of the attacks, a 23-year-old man was seriously injured Wednesday and is not expected to survive his upper-body injuries after being attacked.

A news release said the latest victim was set on fire, though Capt. David Nisleit said earlier that a witness pulled away a burning cloth that the attacker had placed on the victim before fleeing.

As in previous attacks the victim was sleeping in the early morning hours when the assailant approached.