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Good Samaritan saves man who was carjacked, shot, left in desert

March 6, 2012 |  8:30 am

A Good Samaritan helped rescue a man who had been carjacked, shot in the head in Lake Los Angeles and left lying in the desert, authorities said.

John Eldridge was riding a dirt bike near his home around noon Monday when he found the wounded man. Eldridge stopped and called for help.

"I decided to go explore those trails," he told KTLA. "I went back to where I had been 2½ hours earlier and I find a man screaming for help, covered in blood. What would you do?"

The 21-year-old victim told police he had been shot and that his gray four-door Toyota Camry had been stolen by two attackers.

He was airlifted to a hospital and underwent surgery, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The man, who was not identified, was in stable condition.

The attack occurred about 12:15 p.m near 180th Street East and Avenue M.

Eldridge said the victim had an entry wound just below his right eye and "a lot of ugly" on the back of his head.

"If he lives, great," he said. "But if he doesn't live, at least he had a chance."

Police are looking for two men that stole the car with California license plate 6JPX870.


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-- Robert Lopez and KTLA News