UPDATED: Man shot to death in Palmdale

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The shooting happened at an apartment complex in the 200 Block of East Avenue Q-10 in Palmdale. (Photo by TERRANCE DILWORTH)

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.

Crime lab technicians were at the scene Thursday morning.

Crime lab technicians were at the scene Thursday morning. (Photo by TERRANCE DILWORTH)

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.

  21 comments for “UPDATED: Man shot to death in Palmdale

  1. jules.
    May 27, 2013 at 2:20 am

    there are programs out there that help you qualify for food stamps, disablilty, social security, etc. and kudos for them. why are there no programs above and beyond cps for abuse victims? two high profile cases within 24 hours… its easy to make a quick judgement sitting in my armchair, but it seems to me that several agencies were sleeping at the switch. people from the community tried to help, and their cries seemingly fell on deaf ears. i realize an investigation could prove me completely wrong, but if who should we as a community turn to then?

  2. Disgusted
    May 26, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I have the most empathy for both the victims. The little boys mother
    Should be beaten and tortured the way she allowed her
    Own little child to be!! An the man who was shot only cowards
    Kill someone like that. I hope they get caught and
    get the death penalty! No human being deserves to
    die like that. It’s not the tax payees it the slum lord land lord
    and building owner who allows that filth to go
    on there while he sit in his safe little home some where!!

  3. [removed]
    May 24, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    wow those are the same building a close person of mine was murder and body was dump some where else back in 2005 and now the lil boy i would’nt dare want neighbors like the ppl in those building that complex is the hear no evil see no evil zone thats why we tip lines was created for those whom scared to speak and those that did still was no help forget what u heard u should have picked up the phone.

  4. AnotherWonderingMind
    May 24, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Complains and complains, why don’t you guys ever talk community programs and other means of peaceful agreements,always so quick to resort to stereotype section 8 owners. Im sure to you guys anyone with section 8 is a thug or criminal, please open your minds and stop with your close-minded thinking.I know people on section 8 who work to support a family who try hard tp keep food on table. This shows the type of people that live in the AV.No one in the AV is perfect, so please understand some where some how some way a crime will happen in the AV.

    • may24
      May 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Yeah, you can’t have a record and be on section-8, and if you do they will kick you off.

      • Nancy P
        May 24, 2013 at 1:10 pm

        That’s the beauty of that program…someone without a criminal record gets the voucher, then all the criminal friends and relatives move in with them. When someone comes out to investigate that, they are accused of profiling or racism. smfh

        • justsaying
          May 24, 2013 at 7:17 pm

          You got that right. The grandma gets the section 8 and her grandbaby moves in with her and he starts selling the drugs.

          • Notagain
            May 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm


      • patricia
        May 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm

        this really sickens me i no of a young woman thats homless with children an she can even get housing like these crakheads, I no of a scumm witch that looks like the mother who allowed her son to be tortured that lived in the same apartments n.Romero who kicked her son and and told another child to put her new born in the trash because at first she wanted it but then she didnt we reported it and she used her street talk and convinced social workers it wasnt true and get this the dumb worker beleived it and started accusing us of being crazy. Ill never forget this.I do beleive the workers are under educated.

    • NorthCounty
      May 25, 2013 at 2:42 am

      …”Community programs and peaceful agreements…? – Maybe we read different articles; the one I read said a man was shot to death in an apartment with a long history of criminal and drug activity just hours after a poor kid was brutally beaten to death. I’m curious as to what kind of ‘community programs’ you’d recommend to deter such activity…? Knitting? Scrapbooking? Yoga? Perhaps a little nature hike and bird watching expedition in lieu of narcotics, abuse, torture and homicide…?

      A man gets shot and killed, a young child is savagely beaten to death, all at the same complex within a 24 hour period. No outrage from you there. Interesting. A few people comment regarding the possible correlation between the crime rate and Section 8 housing and here comes the ‘hands across America’ comment and defense of people on Section 8 from you.

      Forget the two homicides, forget the poor kid who was tortured and killed by the same people who were supposed to protect him, conveniently forget that other residents of the complex pointed out that the apartment where the man was killed was well known as a notorious dope pad with a history of criminal activity. Yes, forget all of that.

      Instead, blame the ‘close-minded’ people who don’t provide enough community programs, blame the city, the cops, the system, the taxpayer, blame everyone but the nadir monsters who committed these heinous acts. Pathetic. No sympathy for the victims, no outrage, no comment, but by God the minute someone mentions subsidized housing you blew up the keyboard. That’s disheartening. Even sadder is your comment implies that you feel that this could of been avoided if there were more community programs available and less ‘close-minded’ people in the AV.

      Well, I’ll offer some free advice for those that don’t know and haven’t been educated or afforded the opportunity to attend a ‘community program’ …

      It’s wrong, immoral, illegal, bad, unforgivable, unacceptable, and just plain evil to kill someone in cold blood. That is called homicide. This applies to those human feces that tortured and killed their kid and whoever pulled the trigger on the unrelated murder that followed.

      Now, instead of focusing on the irrelevant show of support for Section 8, or lack of, show some compassion for the poor kid that was tortured. As for the unfortunate shooting of the adult, no matter what his vices and habits were, he at least had the option of making a choice. He obviously made a wrong one. The poor kid didn’t have a choice. His options were limited to the actions and choices that his ‘guardians’ made.

      That’s all minor details though. Instead, let’s focus on the tragic and inhumane treatment of people on social assistance along with the severe lack of vital social programs and educational resources in the AV. That’s far more tragic and cruel then a savage homicide of a kid. Yeah it is. Good day to you.

      • Saddened
        May 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm

        APPLAUSE!!! Well stated…THANK YOU

      • Disgusted
        July 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm

        Very well said!! It’s the people that live in the building too. They need to step up as the local community and report all the ileagal activity going on. Instead every one does nothing. I feel great sympathy for the child and the adult shot. The papers do not always report all the facts. That adult did not have a long history of criminal behavior. He had two run ins with the law, and unfortunately a drug problem. He left behind a two year old son and another baby on the way. He was trying hard to get a social security card so that he could work. Furthermore, he had really made a lot of changes in the last few months as to being a responsible father and really started stepping up to his responsibility. His opportunity was stolen from him while he was in the shower. The immoral person or persons who stole his light need to be incarcerated. It’s a horrible feeling to have someone ripped away like that. The sheriffs department needs to become more scribble in getting rid of gangs and drug houses. They can only do that with the publics help. If you don’t report it they don’t know.

  5. linda
    May 24, 2013 at 7:32 am


    • AVfubar
      May 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      I agree Linda. I grew up in Plm, and left for Lanc. in 1990 because Plm. was starting to change. By 2005 I had it with Lanc. and moved to Rosamond. Now that place is going to heck. Can’t wait to retire and move out of this man-made hellhole.

  6. mickala
    May 23, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Yeah its a crazy place to live I live in these apts …wow I’m amazed its hard when u live in apts u try moult to be up in peoples buisness to much ..I personally did not know of this house being a drug house nor never seen the abused child but u will be amazed on what happens behind closed doors everywhere ..when u don’t have alot a money to pay for rent u are forced to live places that are like this

  7. QHR
    May 23, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    This is too much. No more section 8 and EBT thugs in AV!!!
    Property owners please do us a favor and don’t accept section 8 and raise your rent – we need to drive these people out!

    • Juan Lopez
      May 27, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      that’s the way to go start drug testing people on welfare and section 8 and follow up on it month by month

  8. L-Rock
    May 23, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Wow!! There is way too much going on there!! A child beaten almost to death! A parole sweep and now a murder!! And a neighbor saying they knew of this address being a drug house and seeing this child with brushes all over before he was hospitalized but not reporting it!! What a place to live!

    • Johnny Trece
      May 23, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Try spending a whole day at Larkin Avenue in Palmdale, especially during the night time. Lots of gang activity, drugs, and crime. I feel bad for the youth around there because of the environment that surrounds them. I always get a sense of anger and hopelessness. It’s sad to see the natural innocence getting sucked out of these teenagers on a daily basis. I was a very positive influence and a beacon of hope around that area for a good long time, but it took a toll on me after so much exposure. Now I’m back in Littlerock where it is a different world from the one I experienced at Larkin Avenue & East Avenue Q-10. I’m more afraid of a pit-bull than I would a human being, here at L-rock.

      • may24
        May 24, 2013 at 12:54 pm

        wow, that’s sad. Maybe someone could make some kind of a program over there where the kids can go to and be safe. Even if its a couple times a week, but then at the same time, people get into trouble trusting others and bam there gone or they have gotten their self involved in something they didn’t think would happen.

      • Juan Lopez
        May 27, 2013 at 3:08 pm

        that’s the system at work I go to peoples houses and little onesopen the door and as soon as they open it the house smells like drugs tthose kids are inhaling it at a young age thanks to their thugish parents

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