ATHEL AVENUE — After a guy from Costa Mesa was tragically shot on a residential street in Irvine on Thursday at midday in what is believed to be a very uncommon case of car-to-car gunfire. At 12:37 p.m., officers went to reports of a shooting at the intersection of Athel Avenue and Sego Street. When they arrived, they discovered a guy lying on the ground and suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper torso area. Residents in the neighborhood were providing medical assistance to the victim.
According to the police, the victim, who has been identified as Nicholas Alistair Neaimi-Pour and was 19 years old, was taken to the hospital but ultimately succumbed to his injuries there. “Things like this don’t usually happen in residential neighborhoods, specifically in Irvine, in broad daylight,” Sergeant Karie Davies said to a freelancing news filmmaker named OC Hawk.
She stated that there was no evidence that the shooting was the result of road rage, but she did not comment further. On Friday, the police stated that they believe only one of the three people they are searching for fired a gun. Davies stated that those who called 911 reported hearing a man yelling for assistance outside the building soon before the cops arrived. According to Davies, the victim was walking around the neighborhood at the time of the incident and climbed into the passenger seat of a black Mercedes sedan when it drove up. After some time had passed, a white Honda Accord or Civic drew up, and a passenger in the vehicle exited while carrying a gun and began firing.
According to Davies, Neaimi-Pour opened the passenger door of the Mercedes and got out of the vehicle, but then she slumped in the middle of the street. Both vehicles managed to flee the area. According to Davies, the police were unsure as to whether or not the people inside the two vehicles had engaged in dialogue prior to the shooting taking place. They believe the victim was the intended target of the attack, but they are unsure of the reasons why he and the other three people were in the Irvine neighborhood. The authorities are looking for two drivers and a passenger who were involved in the accident.
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