A man sustained serious personal burn injuries after being attacked while on the parking lot of a 7-Eleven. Authorities are investigating the mysterious attack.
Detectives are looking into the incident of a 63-year-old man who was sitting in his vehicle going about his day with the windows slightly lowered when another man tossed an incendiary device inside through one of the opened windows causing an explosion.
Witnesses say the SUV caught fire right away. They then through collaborative efforts worked to pull the burn victim from the fiery vehicle. They saved his life but his body suffered serious burns and had to be hospitalized.
When paramedics arrived on the scene, they rushed the burn victim to a nearby hospital. He remains at a local hospital in critical condition.
Authorities told reporters the accident happened minutes after 5:00 p.m. on Friday near PCH and Clark Avenue in Long Beach.
Raymond Sean Clark, a 38-year-old as identified by reporters, is being held in custody. He is a possible suspect to the incident.
“The suspect was found at a nearby location taken into custody. I will be able to get more information as the investigation continues,” Sgt. Aaron Eaton told reporters.
Investigators have not released a motive for the attack.
“There’s no information they had a relationship and no incident prior to this crime, so right now it looks like a random act,” according to Sgt. Eaton.
Authorities continue to investigate the scene. It is unknown if the suspect was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the incident.
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