Man shot to death in Palmdale Sunday

A man was shot to death on this street in Palmdale early Sunday morning. His identity has not been released pending next of kin notification. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – A man was shot and killed early Sunday morning (Dec. 30) in east Palmdale, authorities said.

The shooting happened around 4:11 a.m. in the 1700 Block of Avenue R3, according a news release by the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.

At least seven bullet casings were found on the street near the man’s body. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

The man, who appears to be a Black male, was found lying on the sidewalk. Several bullet casings littered the street near the man’s body.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the news release from the Sheriff’s Department.

The victim’s identity has not been released pending next of kin notification, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

Witnesses at the scene said two men were shot and one of them died in route to the hospital, but this information was not confirmed with homicide detectives.

Homicide detectives are still investigating at the scene and are releasing little details about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

UPDATED 12/31/12 at 7:30 pm:

As of 7 p.m., Monday, authorities were still not releasing the name of the victim because no next of kin had been notified, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

Our sources tell us the shooting happened closer to 2 a.m., not 4 a.m., as we initially reported using the information in the sheriff’s press release.  According to a Palmdale Station broadcast on the night of the shooting, the Palmdale Station received the call around 2:17 a.m.; but deputies initially went to the wrong location.

When deputies arrived at the correct location, in the 1700 Block of Avenue R-3, they found an adult black male lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Minutes later, deputies discovered another gunshot victim at a nearby residence, according to the Palmdale Station broadcast.

It is unclear whether both shootings are related; however, our sources say both men were shot in the same location.

The second victim suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital for treatment.

UPDATED 1/1/12 at 8:30 am: The shooting victim has been identified in other media as 22-year-old Palmdale resident James Nabors.


  53 comments for “Man shot to death in Palmdale Sunday

  1. Lady JByrd
    May 15, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    James Was a cool guy he always had a smile on his face no matter what … And for someone to do something like this is very messed up I know everything happens for a reason but why this??.. I’m still shocked about the situation and still can’t believe it but have to face the fact that is true….. All your friends and family miss you very much and trying to keep our heads up without you but its hard knowing your gone…. People can say with they wont but i nee the real you the cool Uu …. We love you James Hoolies

    January 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I want my AV back, back to the 80’s when there was no violence. Build a prison and everyone needs to live by their baby’s daddy.

  3. JJ
    December 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Race has nothing to do with killing of innocent persons,Whites commit mass murders and commit every crime under the sun.You know who causes the least crime in the USA is Asian people and Iam half white and half spanish and from what I see,Its the whites,blacks,and browns that are causing the problems here in America.So I included both of my races,now what.If you obey the law and dont try to hurt the innocent,you hopefully will be ok.Ive found that if you stereotype any race,that within a short time you will see the good in any race as long as you dont walk around with your eyes closed and being a stupid racist.If you have reason and start to get down on a race,I found that all the sudden Iam in front of some of the best people that ive ever been around of that race ever.Its the way Ive realized that there are good and bad persons in every race,no matter what.

    • XterraDriver
      December 31, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      Stop making excuses!!!

  4. JJ
    December 31, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Nita we pray for your hurt at this time,but you must understand how this strikes a nerve with “us” regular tax payers.We see the violence on the news daily where we are numb,but when you see this first hand and how it affects the other side of the coin “the good people” and we are SICK of GANGS.I feel sorry for these young men who most likely needed a dad in there lives so they take that hurt and resentment and join a gang where they think people care about them,and that is truly sad to the core.I feel sorry for the parents if they really did try to do a good job a raising there child.Music nowadays is a huge part of the problems (rap),but people say its entertainment but its making a single file line right to hell.

  5. JJ
    December 31, 2012 at 8:30 am

    The site where this person was killed the candles talk about the bloods gang “go bloods go bloods”,also there is a letter addressed to a prison on the cement as well.Cops love to see a dead gang member on the ground,it make there job easier,so please keep taking each other out for us law abiding tax payers and God help us innocent tax payers to stay out of the cross fire.

    • December 31, 2012 at 9:36 am

      J J, you are a sick man, who knows what their child will grow up to be many of the Gang Members come from GOOD homes with LOVING parents, will Mother’s at least. Stop talking as if you are and idiot and do something to help guide these kids in different directions. Change come from the community, so stop blowing hot smoke up your a$$, and help bring about a change. I can see you are a person who may see a dis-able person needing help to cross a street, and instead of offering help, you have a messed up opinion on this person instead of offering help. Remember when you point fingers you are pointing at yourself as well. Point your finger.

      • JJ
        December 31, 2012 at 9:49 am

        Step from behind your mini blinds and you go and help people who kill innocent persons to join a gang,or sell drugs to kids,or rape our girls,or break into your home and hold you captive and do God knows what to you and your family,or break into our cars,or try to scare person with their attitudes and bupping systems.They have made a choice to take the east way out,and now the can have the easy way out.Also I help many persons,daily.I have open doors for disabled persons hundreds of times and also have stopped traffic more than once to help a little old lady cross the street.Iam not part of the problem,Iam part of the solution.I pay taxes and dont break the law,imagine that.[Removed]

        • JJ
          December 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

          They made a choice to take the easy way out,now they can take the easy way out,to heaven or hell.Its not my choice where he,them,or you go when you die.

          • Letlow
            December 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

            Do you think Adam Lanza also made a CHOICE to take the easy way out and shoot dead 20 innocent babies??

            Or do you think his “mental illness” was to blame?

            Because last week, a bunch of people were on here saying we should blame psychiatric drugs instead of the killer for the Newtown massacre.

            When I made the comment that the the killer was “pure evil” I was struck down.

            Funny how the blame only applies when it’s an “urban” killing. Or people blame rap music for violence, but fail to mention the death, violence and Satan worshiping in rock n’ roll. LOL! Hypocrisy at it’s finest.

          • JJ
            December 31, 2012 at 10:53 am

            Adam Lanza was pure evil and anyone who kills innocent persons for any reason is in need of death.Now that being said why isnt a gang member pure evil if he is going around and victimizing innocent persons for person gain,and will kill to Come up and not have to put in an honest days work.These gang members are trying to live like rap stars by robbing for there come up,then getting a fat amount of drugs to sell and come up,and then when the party rap star life is up,(there broke,no more drugs to sell)they go and rob,rape,or kill to get what they want.So what goes around comes around,most of the time karma works it way into everybodys life.

          • Letlow
            December 31, 2012 at 11:17 am

            @ JJ

            I agree with you 1000% on Adam Lanza and gang members that fit the profile you described.

            But other posters on here will beg to differ on the Adam Lanza front. They make excuses for Adam Lanza and blame his behavior on “psyciatric drugs.” AS IF….

            Remember, no where in the story does it say the shooting was done by a gang member. We don’t even know who got killed. I will wait for the facts before I rush to that judgement.

      • JJ
        January 2, 2013 at 10:04 am

        Iam sorry for not wording or voicing my thoughts in a different way.I feel horrible and want to say I was wrong.I try to be a good bible reading person,but I need to be better than this,I really feel bad.I have been personally affected by gang violence,and it still hurts.I was angry and spoke in a way that Iam not proud of and its been on my mind,alot.Iam sorry again and I have learned alot from this,that my thoughts need to be corrected.I hope and pray this and hope that people that read from this learn a lesson as well,to be more sensitive to others in times such as these.Iam sorry Nita.

    • thomas
      December 31, 2012 at 11:16 am

      JJ don’t assume the cops like to see anyone dead. Someone is hurting over this killing. We are not innocent taxpayers if we stand by and do nothing while people are shot on the street in front of our homes

      • Craig 380
        December 31, 2012 at 11:34 am

        First off you are not cops,at best you are a cop.I have spoken personally with different law enforcement officers and non have said how the wish a gang member wouldnt have died.But they do tell me stories that have stuck with me and they stick with them and they involve innocent,law abiding persons.So chew on that son.Iam not going to put my future on the line for a gang member,go to help a gang member in front of my house and my kids dont have a dad,also you have to worry about your loved ones if you get killed,they may be vicimized by the same gang member you went to help!You are an idiot and most likely a single moron.If my family is inside the house,you and everybody else can choke.

        • stephanie
          January 1, 2013 at 7:53 pm

          I am so glad that I don’t live next door to Jeffrey Dalhmer, Adam Lanza, the one that shot all those people at the movies, the mall, the post office, the one that shot the firefighters in New York, the one that went into the police station and shot those cops,the one that may stay next door to you, that you have no idea about, in there beating his wife, killing for insurance money, I mean I can go on and on. Those are the one’s that scare the hell out of me. I do not condone gang violence in any shape, form or fashion. But at least I can see them for who they are and take precautions. Tell me which one of them would you have suspected were searial killers? Seems like when it is a mass shooting, the excuse is always “that person must have mental problems, not evil”! Any time an African American is killed, the 1st thing I hear most other races say it that they must have been in a gang. I wonder why other races always blame on a gang w/o no info as to who they are. If that is what a cop is telling you(that they are happy to see a gang member dead), he is the last person that I want out on the streets. He is actually worse then the so called criminals on the street. Not surprised that, that is what they are telling you. I guess they know their kind when they see it. They know exactly the type of people who they can say that to and who not to say it to. They are one on the biggest gangs out on the streets. When you sterotype others, and ignore the rest, that’s how these mass shootings happen. Too busy making derogatory statements about others w/o knowing the full story. Now tell me, did you see all those other shootings coming? Probably not with your hateful comments. I am a mother and I know that any mother who has lost her child would not take kindly to someone saying that’s what their child gets and they deserve to die. I would not wish that pain on anyone. I never understand how people can become so joyful over another human being dying! Granted there are some that it’s hard not to feel that way, I get it. But I will never rejoice in another who has lost their life. I don’t know what kind of heart you have.

          • chris
            January 2, 2013 at 6:09 pm


    • jag
      January 2, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      this guy was like my brother. awesome guy. wasnt a bad guy at all. and your over here sayin this BS!!screw you only thinking about yourself and your tax money. shove it up your a$$

  6. Mick
    December 30, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Pretty sure Notagain!!!! is a shill…
    Every time I respond to his/her post, it “disappears”.

  7. nita
    December 30, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    when it happens to a member of your family or someone of your race I hope like hell you feel the same way. Everyone no matter how old, what color, should be closer to their children and forget the dumb s–t. You are stupid to even address this in the manner in which you did. I will continue to pray for your dumb thought and your race and family as well.
    When it happens to you I hope you feel the same way, as you do about one race killing one another. MAY GOD BLESS YOU.

  8. Notagain!!!!
    December 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm


    • Mick
      December 30, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Again with the yelling?? And the [removed]. Posted this before, GONE. Let’s see how long it remains this time…

      • Anna
        December 31, 2012 at 5:51 am

        Juse because someone uses all caps doesn’t mean they are yelling…JERK !!!!!!

        • Mick
          December 31, 2012 at 10:50 am

          Yeah, actually it does, in internet speak. So STFU.

  9. we care
    December 30, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    its funny how crime is characterize when a white person kill somebody its called mental illness: when a black person kill somebody they call it gang related: when a arrab kills somebody they call it terrorism when its really all the same thing i’m just sayin..

    • Forward
      December 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      They’re all Darwinists.

      • steve c
        January 1, 2013 at 6:12 pm


  10. Stinger
    December 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    There were, indded, 2 gunshot wound victims. I can not give any further info on this at this time.

    • Palmdale_Steve
      December 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      What kind of crud goes down at 4 AM on a Sunday night? Serious family fight, wild party or what?

      • Stinger
        December 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm

        I dunno, but one was shot in the chest and the other in the upper gastrointestinal area. Both pretty much ‘center mass’ type hits.

        • Palmdale_Steve
          December 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm

          Wow..must be NRA members, or spend some time on the shooting range.

          Tight groups?

          • Stinger
            December 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm

            I am unable to comment further at this time. (Sorry)

      • sikntired
        December 30, 2012 at 9:32 pm

        All of the above – remember, nothing good happens after midnight.

  11. we care
    December 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    if something like that makes u happy i can imagine what make u sad u rowdy obnoxious stupid person of a human being and by the way what do u say when its your race on race killing each other u racist prick and you have a good day you law abiding citizen ( elchapo)

  12. Ismail Abu-bekr
    December 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Violence attacks all shades of color. Just shows how ignorant you are to say such a ignorant comment. The problem lies deep in the lifestyle that these people are infactuated with. The “G- Code ” effects ALL of us. Before you say some dumb ish, look at yourself in the mirror and do some soul searching and get a life! Blessings.

  13. Just Me
    December 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Regardless what went down and why….somebody lost their life. This is somebody’s son. Have a little respect for him and his family.
    May you R.I.P.
    My thoughts and prayers to the man’s family.

    • Sheldon Carter
      December 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      This is not a surprise. I would be willing to bet money that when they find the person or people that did this, it will be the culmination of a whole ootie of other illegal activity. It truly wouldn’t surprise me if the perp turned out to be one of those jerry brown “non-violent” parolees.

      • Sheldon Carter
        December 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm

        *…a whole lot of…

        • J. Ripper
          December 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm

          I liked “whole ootie” better.

      • Captain Obvious
        December 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm

        Exactly Sheldon. Also, no need discussing gun control as it applies to this guy. I’ll go out on a limb and predict the deceased male wouldn’t have been able to legally possess a gun anyway.If I’m wrong, and this was a person up early leaving for work, then I’ll eat my words. Ooops, watch out, Egberts will be here soon defending not only the shooter, but the deceased man too, regardless of his criminal history!

        • Anna
          December 31, 2012 at 5:48 am

          He was a good kid, he was still playing cops and robbers at 16y/o. He died over a high school incident that happened in 08. He used to come over for my butter burgers. He was raised by his g mom. He really was a good kid..GUNS DON’T KILL PPL, PPL KILL PPL…ARGUMENTS OVER GUN CONTROL IS USELESS AND STUPID….think whatever you presume to be tailored to your truth. I knew this baby…tears

          • Craig 380
            December 31, 2012 at 11:18 am

            Should have choose to be a cop instead of a robber?That way a majority of the public would mourn,but instead the minority of the public(a few family members and the whole gang family) is mourning his death.

    • Just Me
      December 31, 2012 at 12:36 am

      Still sending my Thoughts and Prayers to the mans family

  14. Palmdale_Steve
    December 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Shocking I tell you, a shooting in the East-side Palmdale ‘Hood, shocking.

    • ed
      December 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      That doesn’t look like an “East-Side Palmdale Hood” to me. Typical Lancaster, Palmdale, middle class neighborhood.

      • we care
        December 30, 2012 at 4:47 pm

        were you born with a silver spoon in your mouth you av debaters always have something negative to say try spreading some knowledge violence is in middle class rich poor all across the nation all color race and ppl don’t request for they lives to be took when it your time to go its your time go

      • @@@
        December 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm

        “ryneshia” is some fat beer guzzling out of work white boy, trying to pretend the whole of “the AV colored population” hates “the AV colored population” as much as he does!

  15. dumbandblind
    December 30, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    So how are people supposed to protect themselves from criminals like these if guns are banned?

    • Kullid
      December 30, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      No doubt a typical, east side, ambush, drive-by. I don’t think a gun would have done him any good.

        December 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm

        if he had a choice i believe it would be for a pistol rather than not no matter what the circumstances.

    • Jeff
      December 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Well I’m guessing they think the police response time is a lot quicker than it actually is, I’m guessing they expect police to be hanging out on every street all hours of the day.

    • we care
      December 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      how do you protect your self from a person with no criminal record but flipped out and went on a killing spree…

      • BamBam
        December 30, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        Shoot them in the chest. You can ask about their medication later.

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