Detectives were retrieving surveillance video from a Long Beach market to see if they can find the person responsible for a Friday night firebomb attack that left a man with burns from the waist down, police said on Saturday.
The incident began at 7 p.m. when a man in his 20s threw a Molotov cocktail at the victim, who is in his 50s, while he was standing outside El Paisano Ranch Market in the 200 block of West Pacific Coast Highway (map), said Long Beach police Sgt. Aaron Eaton.
The firebombing victim was in serious but stable condition at a hospital, Eaton said. Police said they were not identifying him due to concerns about his safety.
Police said it didn’t appear the victim and suspect knew each other and the case is likely not gang related.
“It’s a completely unknown motive,” Eaton said. “There were no confrontations, no altercations. No words were exchanged. The victim was waiting for his father to get food, minding his own business, when the suspect came from an alley and threw an object at him, a bottle.”
Eaton said detectives were hopeful that a surveillance camera at the market captured the attack and that they can gather leads to discern who might have committed the crime. Officers hope to analyze the video in the coming days, Eaton said.
Anyone with more information about the crime was urged to call police at (562) 570-7260.