Oceanside Police Cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone
Oceanside Police Cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

A man suffered a life-threatening wound Thursday in a shooting in Oceanside.

The victim, 26, believed to possibly be homeless, was found about 7 a.m. in the 400 block of Woodpark Way, according to the Oceanside Police Department.

Paramedics responded to the area, north of state Route 76 and roughly a mile west of Mission San Luis Rey, and took the victim to a hospital for treatment, police spokeswoman Jennifer Atenza said.

Investigators believe the man had been wounded about 4:30 a.m. in the area of the San Luis Rey River Trail off Woodpark Way.

Officers responded to a report of a gunshot victim in that vicinity at that time but “were unable to locate any evidence that a crime had occurred,” Atenza said.

The wounded man apparently left the area prior to the arrival of police and walked a short distance to the location where he was found.

The circumstances of the shooting were unclear. No description of the shooter was available as of late afternoon.

– City News Service