San Diego Police sketch of the suspect and an image from video of his vehicle.
San Diego Police sketch of the suspect and an image from video of his vehicle.

A man who was doused with gasoline and set on fire Sunday in a parking lot in the Oak Park neighborhood of San Diego was hospitalized with severe burns and not expected to survive.

Authorities received a report about 11:45 a.m. of a man on fire at a business in the 1700 block of Euclid Avenue, near Federal Boulevard, according to Lt. Manny Del Toro of the San Diego Police Department‘s Homicide Unit.

Upon arrival, they located an approximately 40-year-old man with serious burn injuries “throughout his body,” Del Toro said.

Medics treated him at the scene before he was taken to a hospital, according to the lieutenant.

“The preliminary investigation revealed the burn victim was speaking to a Hispanic male between 30 and 40 years old, weighing between 160 and 180 pounds, wearing a red hat and shirt and black pants when the incident occurred,” Del Toro said.

“The two were standing near the bed of a black Toyota, ’80s model pickup, with a black camper shell and a white horizontal stripe along both sides. Witnesses stated the victim then stepped away from the truck fully engulfed in flames and the small truck quickly left the parking lot.”

The victim has been identified but police were withholding his name.

Anyone with information about the attack was urged to call the SDPD’s Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

— City News Service