One seriously injured, suspect still at large as authorities investigate other leads

By Andrea Papagianis and Jim Shilander, Updated: 3/9/2014 at 8:25 p.m. 

Authorities have suspended an extensive, multi-agency search near the San Onofre nuclear plant for a suspect in a Sunday morning shooting in Dana Point that left one man injured, an Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman has confirmed.

A five or six hour search of San Onofre State Beach and surrounding areas came to an end around 5:30 p.m. after authorities from Orange and San Diego counties, the U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Marine Corps failed to find the suspect, said OCSD spokesman Lt. Jeff Hallock.

“We broke down the command post, but we are continuing to follow up on leads to eventually locate him (the suspect),” Hallock said.

The ordeal began just before 10 a.m. Sunday when deputies were alerted to a shooting in a Monarch Beach neighborhood. Deputies responded to a home in the 35000 block of Crete Road and discovered a man who had suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds, Hallock said.

Crete Road is located off of Crown Valley Parkway between Camino del Avion and Pacific Coast Highway.

Paramedics responded to the scene at 10:10 a.m. and treated a 56-year-old man for a gunshot wound, said Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Capt. Steve Concialdi. The man had been shot in the hand and suffered lacerations to his head. He was transported to an area hospital where he was expected to survive.

The alleged shooter fled the home in the victim’s vehicle and made his way south through San Clemente on Interstate 5, Hallock said. Deputies spotted the car and attempted to pull the suspect over. A short pursuit ensued, he said.

According to Hallock, the suspect made his way south at a high rate of speed before abandoning the vehicle south of Basilone Road, near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. He is believed to have fled on foot from there, Hallock said.

Authorities recovered the car and a weapon inside believed to be involved in the shooting, Hallock said.

The suspect was pursued by the OCSD Bloodhound Squad, as well as the U.S. Border Patrol, San Diego Sheriff’s Department and officials from the U.S. Marine Corps.

Fire crews from both OCFA and Laguna Beach Fire Department responded to the shooting scene. Concialdi said the victim was talking to authorities on scene before being transported for further medical treatment.

Hallock said a preliminary investigation revealed the two men knew each other, but further information beyond that is still unknown.

Stay with us for updates.

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