SYLMAR (CNS) – Police on Wednesday asked for the public’s help in identifying the person who shot a man in Sylmar in what is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
Los Angeles Police Department officers were dispatched to the Polk Street and Foothill Boulevard area off the Foothill Freeway (210) around 1:20 a.m. Tuesday and found a man with gunshot wounds in the parking lot of convenience store.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics were called to the scene and took the man to hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
An investigation into the shooting revealed the victim was speaking with another person at the scene when they were approached by the suspect.
“The suspect made derogatory and offensive comments, then fired several shots at the victim before fleeing the scene,” according to the LAPD. “This shooting is being investigated as a hate crime.”
No suspicious description was provided.
Anyone with information about the shooting has been asked to contact LAPD Detective Thomas Townsend at 818-374-9550. Calls made after hours or on weekends can be directed to 877-527-3247.
Anonymous tips can be called to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.
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