Man Shot Twice in Huntington Beach Critically Injured: Police

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Police were investigating a shooting at a home in Huntington Beach Thursday morning that left a man critically injured, authorities said.

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A man was taken to a hospital after beings shot twice in Huntington Beach early Thursday, police said. (Credit: KTLA)

The shooting occurred just before 3:30 a.m. on the 8300 block of Lambert Drive, according to the Huntington Beach Police Department.

The victim, identified as Andrew Watanabe, was rushed to a hospital after being shot twice in the chest, according to police.

Police initially believed Watanabe was the only person at the residence when the shooting occurred, but a second person, who gave his name as Joe, told KTLA he was also in the house.

Joe said he was sleeping on the couch with a blanket over his head when he heard a voice.

“I heard a voice say ‘police, don’t move.’ I took the blanket off to see two men in ski masks in all black, and a gun pointed at my face,” Joe said.

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A witness confirmed that Andrew Watanabe is shown in this photo posted to Facebook.

“Andrew came rushing down the hallway and he attacked both of them,” Joe said. “He saved my life and he got shot.”

Watanabe, who was said to be in his late 20s and an avid gamer, was listed in critical but stable condition Thursday afternoon.

There were indications that “criminal activity” had taken place inside the home before the shooting, according to Huntington Beach police Chief Richard Handy.

The home may have been targeted, Handy said, and in a news release police said the shooting was not believed to be a “random occurrence.”

But a friend disputed allegations of criminal activity.

“I wouldn’t put my daughter in any kind of danger and my daughter plays with their daughter. So, no, absolutely not,” said Richard Quevedo.

Another neighbor, a retired police officer, said he had smelled marijuana at the home and believed “drug activity” had taken place there.

Authorities believe multiple people were involved in connection with the incident.

Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call the Huntington Beach Police Tip Line at 714-375-5066. Those who wish to remain anonymous can leave tips at 855-847-6627.

KTLA’s Christina Pascucci contributed to this article.

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