Bus stop shooting: Detectives seek fourth suspect, victim

A man in his 20s was beaten by four assailants on an AVTA bus late Friday night. The attackers also shot at the man at this bus stop, authorities said. Detectives are still trying to locate the victim, as well as a fourth suspect. Photo by LUIS MEZA.

PALMDALE – Palmdale detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who was beaten and shot at near an east Palmdale bus stop late Friday night. They’re also hunting a fourth suspect in the attack, authorities said.

The incident happened around 10:40 p.m. Friday on 45th Street East and Avenue S, in front of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, according to Palmdale Community Relations Deputy Robbie Royster.

Detectives found bullet casings at the scene. Photo by LUIS MEZA.

Royster said the attack started on an AVTA bus when four men began punching and kicking another man on the bus. The bus driver stopped at the nearest bus stop and put all the men off the bus, and that’s when the shooting began, Royster added.

“The bus driver hears approximately five to seven shots,” Royster said. “The four suspects run southbound and the victim runs northbound.”

Responding deputies contained the area. They quickly nabbed one suspect near the scene and two more suspects near 47th Street East and Avenue S, Royster said.

“Deputies also recovered a backpack with loaded firearms and some of the clothing that they tried to discard inside the backpack,” Royster said, adding that the backpack was found with the two suspects. A preliminary investigation concluded that the suspects shot at the victim, Royster said.

The three assailants – ages 20, 21, and 22 – were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, as well as gross negligent discharge of a firearm.

“We still have one suspect outstanding, a male Black in his 20s, as well as our victim who never reported to a hospital or anything, so we’re indicating that he was not hit,” Royster said.

Royster said there were several witnesses at the scene. Detectives are asking anyone with information on the fourth suspect or the victim to contact the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station at 661-272-2400. If you would like to provide information anonymously, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

UPDATED: The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station has released the names of the three alleged assailants. They are Damian Foster, 20, of Lancaster; Jonathan Bryant, 21, of Lancaster; and Samuel Ferrell, 22, of Lancaster.

  15 comments for “Bus stop shooting: Detectives seek fourth suspect, victim

  1. HM
    October 30, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Palmdale_Steve, I totally agree, Arizona prisons are a good example..however with all the bleeding hearts in this state, it will never happen..I would suggest asking our city councils why they aren’t doing more to PREVENT crime..why is it that our hard working, decent citizens can’t be safe anymore? how about it, Mayors, what’s the answer? and not a runaround answer! so fed up with this crap..

    • Palmdale_Steve
      October 30, 2012 at 8:33 pm


      In reality there is very little that local elected politicians can do at the local level with contract Sheriff Department Deputies. At most they can call the local command staff in, complain or up channel to Lee Baca.

      The Deputies we have in the AV do a good job, but there are only so many of them and so much crime. Throw in the surge of crime now that the prisons are being emptied, you get what you get.

      • HM
        October 30, 2012 at 9:37 pm

        Palmdale_Steve..I hear ya..and I totally agree that the sheriffs dept. does a great job here…we have several friends and neighbors who are in law enforcement here in the valley…but, it is so darn frustrating…I had to vent…thanks for listening!

        • Adam Chant
          October 31, 2012 at 8:50 am

          Yes, spend ANY night on a ride along and you’ll see how overwhelming it can be for LASD. (~1600 calls a day) The area the AV stations cover is equal to a dozen other LASD stations.
          Also as HM points out “our friends and neighbors are in law enforcement” a lot (the majority) of LASD deputies for AV stations live in this community.

          • AV Town Crier
            October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

            Just listen to the police scanner. It’s non-stop 24/7.
            The deputies do an outstanding job. Bit thanks to that rat Moonbeam, he let out a lot of prisoners.

            We need more prisons for sure because both state and county jails are maxed out. The Arizona Model (tent city) can work. But this is CA so the guards would have to smile a lot.

  2. Trenton
    October 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Whatever happened to, “Palmdale, a place to raise your children”.

    October 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm


  4. sikntired
    October 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Poor bus driver must be ready to retire.Sad to see this going on but not surprising with the influx of undesirables.

  5. Tina Marie
    October 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    What was that about “Palmdales high quality of life” again?

  6. Bob
    October 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Sad sad crap going on in this valley.

    Sacramento wants to curb our gun ownership, but people like this import, steal, etc guns they use in crimes like this, they are not legal gun owners. Law abiding citizens need to be allowed to conceal carry to dissuade criminals like this.

    Another problem, why did the victim not call the deputies to report the incident? We need people to call local law enforcement so they can get these criminals off the street, even if it is for a short time. Sadly it sounds like turf combat, or a deal gone south.

    Again, Sacramento needs to fix the current justice system we have in California. Chances are these criminals have a rap sheet for similar crimes.

    If we allowed Castle laws and stand your ground (not as loose as Florida, but still enough to curve these actions) we might not have so many repeat offenders (both out of fear for their own life, or that their life was ended/abilities cut short.)

    • Palmdale_Steve
      October 30, 2012 at 7:36 pm


      How much more in taxes are you willing to pay to lock up all the criminals? That’s the real question. Due to courts, and 4th amendment rules on what constitute cruel and unusual punishment, you can’t stack prisoners like sardines in jails anymore.

      Personally, I’d like to see Arizona style desert prisons for non violent offenders and these stupid wantabe gangsters, but that’s not going to happen in CA.

      • Bob
        October 30, 2012 at 11:27 pm

        I am willing to provide these criminals the same food and rations provided to soldiers and our prisoners of war. There is no reason we can’t have camps in the middle of the Mojave for criminals. They can grow their own food using reclaimed water.

        We also need to allow citizens to defend themselves. Concealed weapons need to be allowed for law abiding citizens as well as a reasonable “Stand your ground” and a “castle doctrine.” There is no reason I should try to run when someone comes into my home or attacks me in the street. The fact criminals would have to think twice would be a deterrent. Especially when you go from having a 10% chance of being shot to around 25 to 50%. Currently there are only roughly around 35,000 CCW holders in California, while we have a population of around 38,000,000. We need to get those people to help defend themselves and their neighbors.

        • Bob
          October 30, 2012 at 11:30 pm

          The above should have read 1% instead of 10%, 1% rounded for 35,000 percentage wise of 38,000,000.

    • Citizen of AV
      October 31, 2012 at 4:58 am

      Castle laws, stand your ground and change “may issue” to “shall issue” with regards to CCW permits and I’ll sign the petition.

    • J. Ripper
      October 31, 2012 at 9:37 am

      I’m gonna venture a guess that the victim had outstanding warrants, was high on drugs, or had some other reason why he didn’t want contact with law enforcement.

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