PALMDALE – A man was shot and killed in Palmdale early Thursday morning, authorities said.
The incident was reported around 4:57 a.m. in the 200 Block of East Avenue Q10 –- the same apartment complex where an 8-year-old boy was found battered and not breathing, just hours earlier. (Read more here.)
Authorities are still investigating the unrelated shooting death and have released little details about the incident.
The victim is described only as a Hispanic adult male. He was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
Homicide detectives and crime lab technicians Thursday morning were investigating the upstairs apartment where the shooting death took place.
Several neighbors at the apartment complex said they were not aware a shooting had occurred that morning, because they didn’t hear any gunshots.
They said it was common knowledge in the neighborhood that the apartment where the shooting occurred was a “drug house.”
“That’s all they do is go in there and get high,” said Belinda Silva, who was staying with friends at a nearby apartment. Silva said she was not surprised that a killing had occurred at that apartment.
The same apartment was targeted during a Valley-wide parole compliance operation in March.
At the time, local parole agents searched the apartment for GPS-monitored sex offender Jose Sanchez, who had gone missing after his ankle bracelet went dead.
Agents did not find Sanchez at the apartment that day; however, deputies found several small packages of marijuana stuffed in a Lays Potato Chip container inside the apartment.
An AB-109 probationer, 26-year-old John Gonzales, was arrested inside the apartment after he told deputies that the marijuana was for his personal use. (Read more on that here.)
Detectives are still investigating Thursday morning’s shooting death, and no further information was available late Thursday afternoon. The victim’s name has not been released pending next of kin notification.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
UPDATED: According to a press release issued by the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau Thursday night:
Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives are continuing their investigation into the shooting death of a man in the 200 block of East Avenue Q-10, Palmdale.
Deputies responded to a gunshot victim call for service. When deputies arrived, they found a male Hispanic adult with a fatal gunshot wound to the upper torso.
There was one female adult and two male adults within the apartment at the time the incident occurred who are being detained and questioned regarding the incident.
Detectives learned that the victim was visiting the occupants of the apartment when he was shot. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
There have been no arrests at this time.
UPDATED 5/24/13 @ 9 pm: The man shot to death has been identified as 22-year-old Palmdale resident Jose Luis Murillo, according to sheriff’s homicide detectives.