A gunman took aim at a couple riding their bikes at Sunset Beach in Huntington Beach in an apparent random shooting, hitting the man in the back.
However, KNBC-4 reports he first drew attention when he attempted to carjack someone in the area of Pacific Avenue and 7th Street around 12:20 pm, without showing his gun.
He then stepped onto the bike path, facing south, where a witness says he pulled his gun, and stumbling backwards, took aim at the man and women as they rode past, firing at least three times and hitting the man in the back.
The victim immediately fell onto the grass, yelling for someone to call 911.
The gunman, identified only as a man from Norwalk, continued walking to South Pacific and 3rd Street, where he was confronted by police, and shot when he failed to respond to commands.
He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
Meanwhile, his victim was hospitalized in stable condition with a single wound that was not expected to be life-threatening.
This afternoon, HBPD officers responded to reports of gunfire in Sunset Beach which resulted in the shooting of an armed man from Norwalk who shot a bicyclist.
— Huntington Beach PD (@HBPoliceDept) December 28, 2021