Father Shot, Wounded by Teen Assailant After Confrontation Near High School in Garden Grove: Police

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Police were investigating a confrontation and shooting near Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove on Tuesday that left a 42-year-old father in critical condition.

The victim was in the passenger seat of a vehicle being driven by his girlfriend when the shooting occurred, according to a news release from the Garden Grove Police Department. The man's 16-year-old daughter was sitting in the backseat.

The vehicle was stopped at a red light around 3:15 p.m. in the 9000 block of Westminster Avenue when an unidentified juvenile standing on the sidewalk verbally confronted the victim, police said.

The teenage boy then walked into the street and opened fire on the vehicle, the release stated.

The victim was hit in the head and the back. No one else in the vehicle was wounded.

The victim's girlfriend sped away from the shooting scene in an effort to get the man to a hospital, according to the release. She was asked to pull over by police so that medics could take over.

The man was taken to UCI Medical Center and was expected to survive, police said.

The alleged shooter was taken into custody. He was described by police as being 15 years old and on probation as a gang member.

His gun was also recovered, the release stated.

It was not known if the victim and the alleged assailant knew each other.

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