A 29-year-old Norwalk man pleaded guilty today to shooting another man in Costa Mesa exactly one year ago. Max Diamond, who was arrested in October, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder and was scheduled to be sentenced April 12. Police responded to a shots fired call at 5:40 a.m. March 2, 2021, in the 2000 block of Harbor Boulevard, near the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway, police said.
When they arrived, they learned that a 30-year-old man from Costa Mesa had sustained a gunshot wound and was taken to a hospital, police said. When officers tracked down the victim, he was being treated for a wound to his neck, police said. The victim, whose name was not released, had heard a commotion between a man and a woman and when he heard her scream, he went to investigate, then saw her running away as Diamond pursued, police said.
The woman managed to get away, running south on Harbor Boulevard, police said. Diamond then turned his attention to the Costa Mesa man, pulled a gun and shot him. Diamond ran away north on Harbor Boulevard, police said. Police tracked down Diamond and the woman he was with the night of the shooting and followed him to an Anaheim gas station, where he was arrested without incident, police said.