A 44-year-old man was shot during an argument while sitting in a car outside an apartment complex in Palm Springs today, and the shooter remained at large, a police spokesman said.
Authorities identified a suspect in the shooting as Mario Antonio Abelon, 32, of Palm Springs, who is wanted on suspicion of attempted murder and considered armed and dangerous, according to Palm Springs police Sgt. Mike Kovaleff.
Dispatchers received a call about the shooting in the 300 block of South Sunrise Way at about 5:40 a.m., Kovaleff said.
“Officers learned that a man had been shot one time in the upper torso while seated in a vehicle parked in a driveway outside of an apartment
complex,” Kovaleff said. “The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim had possibly been in a dispute with the male subject who was standing outside of the vehicle.”
The shooter ran away before officers arrived. The victim was taken to a hospital in serious condition, but the injuries do not appear to be life- threatening, Kovaleff said.
During the course of the investigation, officers identified Abelon as the suspect who lived in the same apartment complex where the shooting
happened. Because Abelon was believed to be armed, a SWAT team was called to the location and evacuated eight tenants of the apartment complex for about one hour during a search for the suspect, Kovaleff said.
Abelon is Hispanic, 5-feet-5, 175 pounds, and was last seen wearing a white tank top and dark shorts.
Investigators asked anyone with information about the shooting to call Palm Springs police at (760) 323-8116 or Valley Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-7867.