Friday night someone threw a Molotov cocktail at a crowd of shoppers outside of a market in Long Beach, Calif. The firebomb landed at one man’s feet causing him to catch fire.
The Long Beach police have now released surveillance video of the crime being committed, for which the attacker is still at large.
The firebomb was thrown at a crowd outside of El Paisano Ranch Market in the 200 block of West Pacific Coast Highway, according to NBC Los Angeles. The weapon missed a woman with a baby stroller, but landed at the feet of a victim who is said to be in his 50s. This man was taken to the hospital and treated for serious burns. NBC Los Angeles reported he is in serious condition after the attack.
The Long Beach Police Department has released the store’s surveillance video in the hopes that it will lead them to the identity of the attacker. The clip shows the bomb exploding and the chaos afterward, which involved the stroller being dragged from the flames, people running way and pulling out their cars, and the man on fire running and then being extinguished by others on the scene. Here is the video: (Warning: Graphic Content):
Police have said it does not appear that the victim and attacker had any acquaintance with each other, nor was this a gang related crime. According to NBC Los Angeles, Sgt. Aaron Eaton said the 50-year-old was waiting for his father who was inside the market purchasing food.
Watch the NBC Los Angeles report:
“There is no indication at all that they knew each other. There was not a previous altercation,” Eaton said, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram. “The victim’s just standing there, minding his own business, when he has this object thrown at him.”
The attacker is described as a 20-something man, the Press-Telegram reported. He is not easily seen committing the crime in the video due to the store’s awning but is viewed running away from the scene.
Anyone with information about this crime can contact the LBFD/LBPD Arson Hotline at (562) 570-2582 or to remain anonymous visit www.lacrimestoppers.com.