Written by AARON CASTREJON
AZUSA - An 18-year-old Los Angeles man is recovering from a gunshot wound after his gun apparently fired accidentally, police said Sunday.
The man has been somewhat uncooperative with investigators, but the accidental discharge may have occurred near the Azusa Intermodal Station, 801 N. Alameda Ave. Police recovered evidence at the scene, said Azusa Police Sgt. Fernando Vasconcelos, but he declined to state what was recovered due to the ongoing investigation.
Police are still working to corroborate the claim the man injured himself near the station, despite there being evidence recovered nearby.
The man told officers he flagged down a driver after he injured himself and hitched a ride to an area hospital. Hospital staff called Azusa Police at 1:24 a.m. to report the gunshot victim, Vasconcelos said.
Police have yet to identify the person who reportedly gave the victim a ride.
The accidental discharge may have occurred on the sidewalk outside the Gold Line Station.
Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau, which helps patrol Metro light rail lines, were informed initially that the man may have exited a train at the station and walked north along Azusa Avenue when the gun accidentally fired, according to Sheriff’s radio traffic.
Deputies were busy reviewing station footage to determine if the shooting happened in Azusa. Deputies also sought footage from the nearby Target shopping center.
The gun has not been found, Vasconcelos said.
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