PALMDALE – A 21-year-old Hispanic man was shot and killed Tuesday night at the Parkwood Patio apartment complex in the 38000 block of 20th street east in Palmdale.
The man has been identified as James Fitzgerald McElroy, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
Deputies have arrested the man’s roommate Nicholas Harper, 23, on suspicion of manslaughter, according to Lieutenant Mary Leef of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.
Leef said deputies from the Palmdale Station responded to the apartment complex around 8:50 p.m. Tuesday night after receiving a call about gunshots coming from a residence.
Leef said McElroy was discovered at the location with a gunshot wound to the upper torso.
He was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead at 9:44 p.m., according to Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.
McElroy’s roommate, Nicholas Harper, was arrested at the residence and a firearm believed to be used in the shooting was recovered from the residence, according to Leef.
Leef said detectives are still investigating the motive for the shooting.