By Rylee Holwager and Trevor Morgan
One patient was airlifted by helicopter to a local hospital due to a reported gunshot wound on San Francisquito Canyon Road on Saturday afternoon, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department and Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials.
According to Imy Velderrain, a spokesman for the L.A. County Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched at approximately 1:53 p.m. and arrived at 35702 San Francisquito Canyon Road in regards to a call of a gunshot wound victim at approximately 2:30 p.m.
Upon arrival it was determined the gunshot wound victim was a 62-year-old man who suffered a superficial wound from the leg to buttocks.
Deputies aided the man to walk up a hill where they then loaded him onto a gurney where he was airlifted to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.
Natalie Arriaga, spokeswoman for the SCV Sheriff’s Station, stated the incident happened during a verbal argument between the victim and the suspect.
“While the suspect was driving the victim home, the victim and suspect engaged in a physical altercation, in which the suspect then shot several rounds from a firearm at the victim, striking him in his leg and buttocks,” wrote Arriaga. “The suspect dropped off the victim at his residence and fled prior to deputy arrival.”
Arriaga also noted that deputies were unable to locate the suspect — who remains outstanding at this time.
According to Deputy J. Pederson, a spokeswoman for the SCV Sheriff’s Station, it is believed the gunshot wound was inflicted by another individual. Due to the man being uncooperative with deputies, there are no known suspects.
The man was expected to live, according to Pederson.
The call was closed at 3:15 p.m.
Anyone with information can contact the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station 661-260-4000. Anonymous tips can be submitted via LA Crime Stoppers at www.LACrimeStoppers.org