PALMDALE – Several streets were blocked off Friday evening, as dozens of deputies, a K-9 unit, a sheriff’s helicopter and the Special Enforcement Bureau Team swarmed the Desert Vista Apartments in east Palmdale, where a shooting suspect was thought to be barricaded.
More than four hours later, the incident ended without an arrest, and the alleged shooter remains on the loose. The following is the press report from the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau:
On the early evening of Friday, December 21, 2012, deputies from the Palmdale station responded to the 38100 block of 5th Street East regarding a gunshot victim.
The victim, a [39-year-old] male adult, was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Upon deputies’ arrival at the location, an African American male was seen running from underneath a car and into an apartment.
There were several loud noises (possible gunshots) heard from within the apartment.
Deputies contained the apartment and began evacuating the residents of the apartment complex. The deputies believed there was a barricaded suspect inside the apartment, who would not exit upon their requests.
The Special Enforcement Bureau was notified and a team responded.
The location was secured, and an approved search warrant was obtained by Palmdale Station detectives. The search warrant was served and several residents were briefly detained and identified during the investigation.
A resident said he ran into the apartment after the shooting because he was afraid.
The victim was released from the hospital after being treated for his gunshot wound. The victim could not positively identify any of the residents inside the apartment as the suspect in this incident.
Authorities blocked off 5th Street East, from Palmdale Boulevard to Avenue R, to allow for the investigation. The containment was established around 7:45 p.m. and lifted shortly before midnight. The shooting remains under investigation.
Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station at 661-272-2400. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.