A Sylmar man suffered a gunshot wound to his back early Monday after police said a shooter sprayed his SUV with bullets, causing him to crash and abandon his vehicle.
Police later found the man, identified as 30-year-old Mario Gamboa, at Providence Saint Joseph’s Medical Center, where he was being treated for the gunshot wound, Burbank police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said.
Investigators were attempting to interview Gamboa to get more details about the events leading up to the crash, which happened about 1:35 a.m. in the area of Alameda Avenue and San Fernando Boulevard, the Burbank Leader reported.
Police said they responded to the area after receiving numerous calls about gunfire. When they arrived, officers found Gamboa’s abandoned SUV, which had major damage and multiple bullet holes along the passenger side.
He had apparently struck a guard rail and fence on an Alameda Avenue access road, just east of Flower Street, during the gunfire, police said.
Soon after, a friend picked up Gamboa from the crash scene and dropped him off at the hospital.
Gamboa was released from the hospital later in the morning but was taken into custody because he is a parolee-at-large who also had a misdemeanor traffic warrant from Culver City, Ryburn said.
Anyone with information about the shooter or the crash was asked to call the Burbank Police Department’s Investigation Bureau at (818) 238-3210.
Veronica Rocha is a Times Community News staff writer.