Newport Beach: Person Found Shot Near Newport Beach Pier

05.19.2023 | 10:32 PM | NEWPORT BEACH – A person was found suffering from a gunshot wound near the Newport Beach Pier and a felon was later arrested in connection with the shooting, Friday night.

Authorities responded to reports of a gunshot victim at the Newport Beach Pier, located at 1 Newport Pier, around 10:32 PM, according to radio traffic.

When authorities arrived they located an adult male victim near the base of the pier suffering from a gunshot wound.

Medics treated the shooting victim at the scene and rushed them to an area trauma center with non-life-threatening injuries, according to a press release.

Police cordoned off the area where the victim was found and learned that a altercation occurred between the victim and a male adult suspect.

The suspect was later identified as 30-year-old Austin Knott, of Costa Mesa, and arrested on numerous charges including attempted murder, felon in possession of ammunition, and felon in possession of a dirk or dagger.

It was unclear if the weapon used in the shooting was recovered.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact Detective Mike Fletcher at (949) 644-3779 or

Anonymous tips can be submitted through the Orange County Crime Stoppers by calling (855) TIP-OCCS or by visiting their website at

Miles Madison contributed to this story.

Junior Martinez

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