REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — A gunman knocked on the front door of a Southern California home early Thursday and after a brief conversation opened fire through a window, wounding the 75-year-old retired sheriff’s deputy who lives there, authorities said.

Police searched for the suspect and interviewed neighbors but did not immediately identify a possible motive for the 12:30 a.m. shooting in Redondo Beach.

The victim was shot in the abdomen and wrist and was expected to recover after surgery, said police Lt. Shawn Freeman.

The suspect asked for someone by name and when the resident expressed confusion, the man started shooting through the window, Freeman said.

Witnesses reported seeing the gunman running from the scene, he said.

The victim was not immediately identified. He retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1978, said agency spokeswoman Nicole Nishida.

Redondo Beach is a coastal city of about 66,000 residents about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of downtown Los Angeles.

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