NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - Three men are recovering after being shot while walking home to a friend’s house in National City late Friday night.
Police say four men with shotguns drove up to the men walking home around 11:30 p.m., and issued them some sort of gang challenge.
The incident occurred in the 200 block of North Clairmont Avenue and Norfolk Street, officers said.
The men walking home told 10News that they just simply ignored the Honda pulling up near them. One of the victims, Liscum Manlapaz, said that’s when the car drove past them and around the block, and then returned moments later.
"They went around the block and then rolled up again and then that's when we got scared and started running," Manlapaz told 10News.
Manlapaz said he and his friends were running toward his house, and had almost made it in, when at least one of the armed men got out of the Honda and shot all three in the back.
Fortunately, they weren't shooting bullets, but buckshot -- a large lead shot for shotgun shells, used especially in hunting big game.
Police say the attackers got back into the car and drove away after the shooting.
The three men were all taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Manlapaz showed 10News that he still had buckshot embedded in his lower back after being treated at the hospital.
The back window of Manlapaz's Infiniti coupe -- which was parked in the driveway -- was shattered from the buckshot. The driver's side mirror was also cracked and some of the buckshot dented his garage door.
"It sounded like four really loud shots, then maybe a three second pause and three more loud shots," said a neighbor who didn't want to be identified.
The shots woke up nearly everyone in the neighborhood.
One 18-year resident of the area said despite the shooting, he still feels safe in the community.
"I've lived here all my life and I feel safe here and it's my comfort zone and I don't feel any different," he said.
However, Manlapaz said he feels different, and not just for himself.
"It's got me scared for my nieces and nephews -- when they visit", he said.
Manlapaz said he won't feel safe walking in his own neighborhood ever again.
"Afraid to do it -- I won't do it again. Not at night," he said.
While 10News was interviewing Manlapaz, he received a phone call from one of his friends, and a fellow shooting victim, who was still being treated at the hospital.
He said he was OK and that he was being sent home.
But police said the four men in the car were still at large. They were last seen driving a either a Honda Civic or an Accord.
Anyone with information was urged to call National City police at 619-336-4460, or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.