Monrovia man injured in possible drive-by shooting in Duarte

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Monrovia man injured in possible drive-by shooting in Duarte

by Jonah Valdez

A Monrovia man was hospitalized Tuesday evening after being struck during what appeared to be a drive-by shooting in Duarte, authorities said.

The victim, who drove himself home after the shooting, was hit once in the right arm and was transported to a local hospital, said Monrovia police Sgt. John Donchig. He is expected to survive.

The shooting took place at around 9:30 p.m. near the 1600 block of South Mountain Avenue toward the train tracks along East Duarte Road, Donchig said.

Police said they believe an unknown number of suspects driving a sedan had pulled up to the victim’s car, fired at the man, then drove away.

While injured from the shooting, the victim managed to drive himself about two miles to his home in the 400 block of Genoa Street, Donchig said. Thinking it was a hit-and-run collision, residents had called police after seeing the victim crash his car into a curb.

Mountain Avenue near the 210 Freeway and Duarte Road was closed to traffic while investigators combed the area for evidence, officers pacing along the road, shining flashlights toward the pavement.

People in several large department stores located near the site of the shooting reported hearing gunshots.

Joshue Munguia was working security at a Ross Dress for Less on Mountain Avenue when the shooting took place. He said a co-worker came over to him, saying she had heard about six to seven gunshots coming from the train tracks. Customers were walking in and out of the store while the shots rang out. After police were called, the store was briefly locked down, Munguia said.

Munguia, who often walks near the train tracks for his bus stop, said he may now avoid the area in the future. Though he said the idea of gun violence is not uncommon to him.

“Where I’m from, there’s always shootings, so it didn’t really impact me,” said Munguia, a Baldwin Park resident.

Police did not immediately release any information about the suspect or suspects, who were outstanding.

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