A good Samaritan was recovering Wednesday from a gunshot wound he suffered after witnessing a non-injury South Bay hit-and-run crash and trying to get the license plate number of the fleeing driver.
The 25-year-old man was in a car that was following the departing motorist when the gunfire erupted in the area of Fifth Avenue and Palomar Street in Chula Vista about 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to police.
Medics took the victim to a hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening bullet wound to the head, Lt. Miriam Foxx said.
Using a drone operated by the Chula Vista Police Department, an officer located the suspected hit-and-run driver's car and watched as the alleged shooter, a 17-year-old boy, got out of a passenger seat and walked off, carrying a handgun, Foxx said.
Officers went to the area where the suspected shooter had been dropped off and arrested him without incident. The teen, whose name was withheld because he is a minor, was booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of felony assault with a firearm.
The suspected hit-and-run driver was issued a citation, the lieutenant said.