GARDEN GROVE, Calif. – An altercation between a man who was walking his dogs and an apparent homeless man led to a fatal shooting Thursday in Garden Grove.
Garden Grove Police Department officers were called at approximately 2:50 p.m. to the 10000 block of Katella Avenue, near Brookhurst Street, regarding a person down on a sidewalk, said Sgt. Mark Lord. Upon their arrival, they learned the two men engaged in a confrontation and the dog walker shot the homeless man.
The victim, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to The Orange County Register, the dog walker has a concealed weapon permit but police said that has not been confirmed.
Lord said the shooter is cooperating with the investigation and is not in custody. A firearm was recovered at the scene.
A man told NBC 4 the dog walker told him he shot the victim, who had been sleeping on the street prior to the shooting, in self defense.