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Trio sought in shooting of 18-year-old man in La Mesa

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Posted at 1:23 PM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 16:24:28-04

LA MESA, Calif. (CNS) - An 18-year-old man was shot twice in the abdomen during an altercation in La Mesa with a group of three young men who remain at large, police said.

Dispatchers received multiple calls around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday from people reporting the sound of gunshots in the 4200 block of Spring Street, La Mesa police Lt. Greg Runge said.

He said officers arrived in the area and found the victim, whose name was withheld, lying on the ground with two gunshot wounds. He was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego for treatment of his injuries, which were not believed to be life-threatening, the lieutenant said.

Witnesses told officers that the victim was involved in an altercation with three men, all believed to be 18 to 20 years old, then one of the three men opened fire and the trio fled southbound on Spring Street in a vehicle described as an orange or red older-model Dodge Charger, Runge said.

Police did not disclose a suspected motive for the shooting, and detailed descriptions of the suspects were not immediately available.

Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call La Mesa police at (619) 667-1400 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.