Police sought the public’s help Monday to identify the male passenger in a car who allegedly yelled a homophobic slur, then shot a student in the face with a BB gun at UCLA — with the car’s driver also being sought.
The victim was walking in the 200 block of De Neve Drive, near Rieber Hall, at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday when he was approached by a white four-door sedan, according to UCLA Police Department interim Chief John Thomas.
The victim was struck below the eye and sustained a minor abrasion, Thomas said.
Police called the shooting a hate crime.
The driver was described as a male wearing a black ski mask, while the passenger was only described as a male, Thomas said.
It was unclear what motivated the shooting.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting was urged to call the UCLA Police Department at 310-825-1491 or 911.