PALMDALE – Three shootings were reported in two areas of Palmdale Tuesday night. However, no one was seriously injured and no arrests have been made.
The first incident occurred around 9:50 p.m. in the 38400 Block of Larkin Avenue, said Palmdale Community Relations Deputy Robbie Royster.
Deputies, who were responding to the “shots fired” call, detained a vehicle that was coming from the location. A 20-year-old passenger in the vehicle was suffering from a gunshot wound, Royster said.
“His statement indicates that he was outside at the location when he heard a loud boom and felt an unknown object hit his front knee,” Royster said. “He said he never saw a suspect, never saw a vehicle, never saw anything, just heard the boom. At which time, he went into the home and asked his grandmother to transport him to hospital.”
Royster said deputies called an ambulance to transport the 20-year-old gunshot victim the rest of the way to the hospital, and deputies continued their investigation.
By the time deputies went to the hospital to interview the man, he had already left, Royster said.
“In between this gentleman’s treatment, he told the hospital staff that he didn’t want to do it anymore, he’s done,” Royster said, adding that the man checked himself out of the hospital as he was awaiting X-rays.
The other two shootings happened at 10 p.m. and at 11:30 p.m. Both shootings occurred in the 38500 Block of 10th Place East, Royster said.
At 10 p.m. an informant called the Palmdale Station to report that two shots were fired.
“When deputies responded our aero was overhead and identified an individual running from that general area down an alleyway trying to evade the helicopter,” Royster said.
The man was detained but later determined not to be involved in the shooting. Deputies were unable to identify a suspect or a victim related to the shots fire call.
At 11:30 p.m. another call came in reporting that seven or eight shots were fired from the same location in the 38500 Block of 10th Place East, Royster said.
An informant told deputies he saw two men arguing and then one of the men pulled out a gun and fired at the other man.
Responding deputies recovered several shell casings from the area, Royster said.
“There were shell casings from multiple different calibers which would mean different guns,” Royster said.
He said deputies were unable to locate the victim or the suspect in the incident. There were no reports from local hospitals indicating a gunshot victim had checked in, Royster said.
“Just because of the nature of the circumstances surrounding the shooting, we do believe that it’s probably gang related, however we can’t confirm that it is,” Royster said.
The informant described the shooter as a black male, between 25-35 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds.
Anyone with information on any of the three shootings is encouraged to contact the Palmdale Station at 661-272-2400. If you would like to provide information anonymously, you can do so by calling Crimestoppers at 800-222-8477.