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18 year old shot on Highdale Street in Norwalk on Monday night expected to survive

By Brian Hews

One man was shot and wounded on Monday night in what law enforcement officials are calling a “drive by shooting.”

According to Norwalk Sheriffs Captain Patrick Maxwell, Norwalk deputies responded to the 11900 block of Highdale Street in Norwalk at 10 p.m. and found an 18-year-old male Hispanic suffering from apparent wounds form a shotgun.

The victim, a Norwalk resident, was transported to UCI Irvine Hospital where he was admitted for non life threatening injuries.

Highdale Street is located near the intersection of Pioneer Boulevard and Excelsior Drive.

Maxwell said that the investigation revealed that the victim and another victim, identified as a 19-year-old male Hispanic, were standing on the sidewalk when a silver four door compact vehicle with tinted windows pulled up and two suspects described as male Hispanics between the ages of 18 and 20 exited the vehicle armed with a shotgun and a handgun and fired at the victims striking one of them.

Maxwell told Los Cerritos Community Newspaper that the victims do not appear to be gang related but it is believed the suspects were most likely gang members.

“The victims were just innocent bystanders,” Maxwell said. “We need to find those responsible for this shooting as soon as possible,” he said.

Sheriff’s Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying possible suspects and urging the public to contact Norwalk Sheriff’s Station at (562) 863-8711 with any information about this incident. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.