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.
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.