‘Definitely Not A Gang Member’: Canyon Country Man Shot On Late-Night Stroll

SANTA CLARITA (CBS) — A man was hospitalized Wednesday with a shoulder wound that he suffered in an apparent gang attack while on a late-night walk through his Canyon Country neighborhood, authorities said.

The shooting outside 19773 Merryhill St. occurred about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, said Lt. Mark Hershey, watch commander at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Santa Clarita Station.

“The victim, a while male in his 20s, was a resident of the neighborhood, and definitely not a gang member,” said Hershey, calling it a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“The victim couldn’t get to sleep and decided to go for a walk last night,” Hershey said, adding that two males pulled up in a white, four-door Honda and asked him for directions.

“When he stopped to answer, one of the suspects pulled out a gun and shot him,” he said.

Hershey said he believes the assailants were gang members.

The man was hospitalized for a shoulder wound.

“The wound was a through-and-through shot and at last report, the victim was listed in stable condition,” Hershey said.

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