Man says he woke up bleeding from chest wound suffered while camping in Ocean Beach parking lot

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A 34-year-old man called 911 saying he woke up bleeding from a chest wound he received while camping in an Ocean Beach parking lot, San Diego police said.

The man called just before 3:45 a.m. June 3 on Newport Avenue near the beach, Officer David O’Brien said.

Medics found the man suffering from a 2-inch-deep chest wound that appeared to be life-threatening. He was rushed to a hospital and into surgery and is expected to survive, O’Brien said.

Though it is possible he was stabbed, the cause of the wound was unclear. The man told officers he had no recollection of what happened, O’Brien said.

“He was more concerned about his property being OK than the injury he sustained,” O’Brien said.

Homeless people often sleep in that area, but no one else was around when police arrived, O’Brien said.

“Never seen it so deserted,” he said.


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