Man found in Angeles National Forest mountains with 3 gunshot wounds to back

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File photo: A charred landscape is left in the wake of the 250 square mile Station fire in the San Gabriel Mountains on September 16, 2009 in the Angeles National Forest, northeast of Los Angeles, California.

A man was hospitalized in critical condition today after being found in the Angeles National Forest mountains north of Azusa with three gunshot wounds to the back, according to authorities.

The man in his 20s was discovered after an anonymous caller contacted authorities around 1:30 a.m. and reported his presence near Mile Marker 20.22 on San Gabriel Canyon Road off Highway 39, said Sgt. Everett Rodriguez of the Los Angeles County sheriff's San Dimas Station.

Paramedics had trouble keeping the victim conscious as he was being driven to Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Paul Rusin told a Newsreel camera crew.

From Glendora, the man was airlifted to County-USC Medical Center, where he was undergoing surgery today, Rodriguez said.

As part of their investigation, deputies were searching for a black BMW that was reported leaving the area where the victim turned up, Rodriguez said.

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