Police: Man shot in face while walking in National City

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - A 22-year-old man was hospitalized after being shot in the face in National City and police are searching for the gunman, police said Thursday.

The shooting occurred just after 9 p.m. Wednesday in the 1600 block of East Plaza Boulevard.

Police say the man was shot while walking along Plaza Boulevard toward Palm Avenue, following some kind of alteration and stumbled into the parking lot of USA Gasoline on the corner of Palm and Plaza, bleeding profusely.

He was taken to a local hospital to be treated. His condition was unknown, but police say his injuries do not seem to be life-threatening.

"He did have a gunshot wound through his face into his throat area and he was conscious and breathing," said National City police Lt. Roberts Rounds.

Police set up crime tape all around the gas station as they interviewed witnesses.

National City police say the gunman ran away eastbound after the shots were fired.

"We're still searching for that suspect," said Rounds. "We haven't found anyone yet."

Police told 10News the shooting appears to be random and does not appear to be gang-related at this time

When asked if the shooting may be gang-related, Rounds said, "Nothing that indicates that at this point, there were no witness statements or anything like that."

According to witnesses, the suspect is described as a man with a mustache who was wearing a dark hat and a gray sweatshirt.

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