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Hit-and-run crash in the South Bay leads to shooting; witness wounded

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Posted at 3:28 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 18:28:41-05

CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A good Samaritan was recovering Wednesday from a gunshot wound he suffered after witnessing a non-injury South Bay hit-and-run crash and trying to get the license plate number of the fleeing driver.

The 25-year-old man was in a car following the departing driver when the gunfire erupted in Fifth Avenue and Palomar Street in Chula Vista at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to police.

Medics took the victim to a hospital for treatment of a non-life- threatening bullet wound to the head, Lt. Miriam Foxx said.

Using a drone operated by the Chula Vista Police Department, an officer located the suspected hit-and-run driver's car and watched as the alleged shooter, a 17-year-old boy, got out of a passenger seat and walked off, carrying a handgun, Foxx said.

Officers went to the area where the suspected shooter had been dropped off and arrested him without incident.

The teen, whose name was withheld because he is a minor, was booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of felony assault with a firearm.

The suspected hit-and-run driver was issued a citation, the lieutenant said.