North County man expected to survive multiple gunshot wounds

ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- A 20-year-old man was was being treated at a hospital for several gunshot wounds after and attack Tuesday night in Escondido.

The shooting happened just before 9 p.m. in the 600 block of Hubbard Avenue, according to Escondido police. Police found the victim when they went to investigate reports of gunfire on the steep, narrow road that leads to the Lindley Water Tank. He was taken by ambulance to Palomar Medical Center. He was in critical condition when he arrived at the hospital, but authorities said he is expected to survive.

"Investigators have been there throughout the night interviewing witnesses," Escondido police Lt. Ed Varso said early Wednesday morning. "Right now, we've got some conflicting witness statements, but that's normal for this kind of investigation. We're working through it right now."

Detectives believe the shooting may have been gang-related, "but we're not exactly sure what led up to it," Varso said. He added that the victim and suspect likely knew each other, but wasn't sure of the exact relationship.

No suspects had been questioned and nobody was in custody as of 4 a.m., the lieutenant said.

Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call Escondido police at 760-839-4722 or the department's anonymous tip line at 760-743-TIPS (8477).