COSTA MESA -- A 20-year-old man was shot in the neck Saturday night
after three men barged into his apartment, officials said.
Police are not releasing the name of the victim "because he fears for
his safety" and also because of an ongoing investigation, said Costa Mesa
Police Lt. Dale Birney.
The man was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana on Saturday,
but his injuries are not considered to be life threatening, Birney added.
The victim was in his apartment in the 700 block of Scott Place about
9:15 p.m. Saturday with two roommates and three other people, when three
men entered the apartment by unknown means, Birney said.
One was said to have had a handgun, he said.
"The victim was then taken to an upstairs bedroom by one of the
suspects while everyone else remained downstairs," Birney said.
After several minutes, the people downstairs heard a gunshot from the
bedroom. Shortly afterward, the assailant bolted downstairs and the three
intruders fled out of the apartment, Birney said.
The victim, who had a gunshot wound to his neck, was taken to Hoag
Hospital and later to Western Medical Center.
Birney added the other people in the apartment may have also been
victimized in some way.
"None of the others was physically hurt, but they were all apparently
psychologically traumatized," he said. "One woman also said some property
was taken from her."
Police are trying to sort through he victims' accounts of the
incident, Birney said.
"It's always unclear and confusing when there are so many victims
involved in one incident," he said.
Neighbors in the large apartment complex may have heard the gun shot,
Police are still looking for the three men whose descriptions are not
available. If arrested, they will probably be charged with attempted
homicide, authorities said.
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