An approximately 20-year-old man died at a hospital after being found early Wednesday in an alley in Lake Forest not breathing and bleeding from a gunshot wound.

Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies were dispatched about 1:25 a.m. to a residential area near Second Street and Village Drive, the department reported.

He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at short time later. His name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

“It appears maybe he was with a group of people here at a party, and the people at the party found him,” sheriff’s Lt. Chad Taylor told CBS2.

Neighbors told the station they heard partying and some midnight fireworks but one woman who was in the area said it was something soon after caught her attention.

“I said those weren’t fireworks. Those were gunshots,” the woman told the station.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department asked anyone with information regarding the shooting to call them at 714-647-7000 or Orange Count Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.

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