Dad Shot While Setting Up Daughter's Birthday Party

A man who was setting up a birthday party for his daughter at a small park in El Monte was shot in the back and police were searching Sunday for the shooter.

The attack happened inside the Baldwin Avenue Mini Park in the 3700 block of Baldwin Avenue around 6 a.m. Saturday, Torrance police Lt. Michael Buckhannon told City News Service.

"He was in the park by himself setting up for his daughter's party when someone shot him," Buckhannon said. "He remains in extremely serious condition after undergoing several surgeries.''

The wounded man -- said to be in his 30s -- was being treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

No other injuries were reported.

A motive for the shooting was unknown.

"We don't know if it was a gang shooting," Buckhannon said. "I'm not going to say it's not a gang shooting, because it's still under investigation.''

No suspect description was currently available, Buckhannon said.

Anyone with information on this shooting was asked to call the El Monte police at (626) 580-2100 or (626) 580-2110.

Tipsters also can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

All tips can be made anonymously.

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