A Mission Hills man was shot at least five times in a Pacoima parking lot late Tuesday but was able to drive to a police station to get help.
Police said Clarence Johnson, 34, leaned on the horn of his car until an officer came out of the Foothill Division station in Pacoima and got him to a hospital.
Detectives said they were puzzled by the man's vague account of what happened.
"It's not uncommon for gunshot or knife victims to drive themselves to the station, so an officer on the desk hearing the horn would go investigate," Lt. Bernard Conine said. "It happens about three or four times a year."
Johnson was taken by ambulance to Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills, where he was in serious but stable condition Wednesday.