Man Severely Wounded in Gang Shooting in Remote Area of Escondido

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Escondido Police cruisers at the scene of the shooting on Tuesday night. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A 20-year-old man was hospitalized Wednesday morning for treatment of several gunshot wounds following a possibly gang-related shooting near a remote Escondido water tank.

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The victim was expected to survive his injuries, which he suffered around 8:50 p.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of Hubbard Avenue, Escondido Police Lt. Ed Varso said. That’s where police found the victim after receiving several reports of gunfire on the steep, narrow road that overlooks residential neighborhoods and leads to the Lindley Water Tank.

Paramedics took the victim to Palomar Medical Center, where he was admitted in critical condition, while police searched for potential suspects and witnesses, Varso said.

“Investigators have been there throughout the night interviewing witnesses,” the lieutenant said early Wednesday morning. “Right now, we’ve got some conflicting witness statements, but that’s normal for this kind of investigation. We’re working through it right now.”

Detectives believe the shooting may have been gang-related, “but we’re not exactly sure what led up to it,” Varso said. He added that the victim and suspect likely knew each other, but wasn’t sure of the exact relationship.

No suspects had been questioned and nobody was in custody as of 4 a.m., the lieutenant said.

Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call Escondido police at (760) 839-4722 or the department’s anonymous tip line at (760) 743-TIPS (8477).

— City News Service

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