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NATIONAL CITY, Calif. -- A 32-year-old man was rushed to the hospital early Friday after being shot several times outside a National City bar, police said.

Patrol officers were in the area when they heard gunshots shortly after 1 a.m., police said. At the same, emergency operators received calls reporting a shooting at Stoney’s Bar & Grill off West 25th Street and Transportation Avenue.

Officers found the victim in the doorway of the bar. He had several gunshot wounds to the lower body and had also been shot in the head.

Other patrol officers saw a gray sedan speeding away from the bar. They pulled it over after a short chase. They found a loaded handgun in the back seat of the car and arrested the two men in the vehicle on charges including suspicion of attempted murder.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. When he arrived at the hospital, he was in critical condition, but the medical team was able to stabilize his condition, police said.

Poice said there were about 15 people in the bar when the shots rang out, but no one actually saw the shooting. The motive for the shooting remained unclear, investigators said.