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.
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.