UPDATED: Man chased, shot to death in Palmdale

A man with fatal gunshot wounds was found in the backyard of a home in the 5200 block of East Avenue S-4. (Photos by LUIZ MEZA)

Investigators were at the scene Saturday morning, where an elderly Palmdale resident found a man with gunshot wounds lying motionless in her backyard in the 5200 block of East Avenue S-4. (Photos by LUIZ MEZA)

PALMDALE – A man found shot to death in an east Palmdale backyard Saturday morning may have been chased from a party around the corner some hours earlier, authorities said.

“Preliminary statements from some witnesses said that he may have been chased by some individuals, shot at, and he ran away,” said Lt. Coleman of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.

The man was pronounced dead by paramedics. (LUIS MEZA)

The man was pronounced dead by paramedics.

“Friends and some other folks familiar with him were unable to locate him last night after the shooting, so it’s apparent that he ran into the backyard to hide,” Coleman continued.

The man’s body was discovered around 9:45 a.m. Saturday by an elderly Palmdale resident who walked out to her backyard in the 5200 block of East Avenue S-4, sheriff’s detectives said.

The woman immediately dialed 9-1-1, and when authorities responded, the man was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Friends told detectives the man went missing following a shooting at an overnight party around the corner.

Friends told detectives the man went missing following a shooting at an overnight party around the corner.

Authorities soon connected the death to a shooting at an overnight house party on the corner of Essex Drive and Charter Court.

“There were numerous calls received regarding the gun shots,” Coleman said.

Around 12:30 a.m., Palmdale Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to a “shots fired” call at a large party in the 36900 block of Charter Court in Palmdale, according to deputy Irys Alvarez of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.

“They found some evidence of the shooting, shell casings and such, but were unable to locate the victim at that time,” Coleman said.

Essex Drive was closed to traffic from Hillcrest Drive to Charter Court for several hours, to allow for the investigation.

Essex Drive was closed to traffic, from Hillcrest Drive to Charter Court, for several hours to allow for the investigation.

Deputies collected all the necessary evidence and wrote an assault with a deadly weapon report. After the body was found Saturday morning, Essex Drive was closed to traffic from Hillcrest Drive to Charter Court for several hours to allow for the investigation.

The shooting victim has been identified, but his name is not being released because his next of kin has not been notified, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the murder.

Oliver Adams

Oliver Adams

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 800-222-8477.

UPDATE: Family members said the victim is 22-year-old Oliver Adams. 

  36 comments for “UPDATED: Man chased, shot to death in Palmdale

  1. Really
    September 25, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Really, no one knows a damn thing about the criminal(s)?
    Really?? How is that?
    Hmmm,… I know for a fact that those people at the party
    know so much more, than what they are admitimg to.
    I thing they are scared for their own lives.
    They are as guilty for not reporting this criminal (s)!
    OMG! I am sure they can’t sleep at night and they’re always looking over their shoulder!
    That means “you are guilty”! You will never have peace for covering up for those bad rats.
    “Beautiful people” don’t just have the looks but gain the brains and be more than beautiful be part of a solution, come forward beautiful you and say some thing cause those that took the life away from this kid, need to pay for it.
    And have compasion for the family, they need closure to continue life without their love one.
    I am wondering 2 things 1: where is the person that found him in the back of her house? I have not seen anyone at that house at all. Strange is she hiding? And why?
    2:what about the home owner to the party, where are they at? Do they have anything to say or are they just too busy planing another party? Why aren’t they paying for the funeral?
    They are some what responsible for this tragedy -Or just as courtesy to help out this family in need.
    Hey what about the burgundy car, where is it at? Who is the owner of it? What are they saying?
    This crime was a hate crime, by the way I see it.
    The profile fits to a person that had to show off his anger, he had to show that he don’t care and he feels that everyone has to fair him. This person has nothing good in his life most likely he/she comes from a Brocken home where she/he was not wanted and he/she was humiliated all the time…. I hope someone is not fair full and shows him/her that (she/he) is not in control.

    • sikntired
      September 25, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Really, where would you be if you were 70 years old and found a dead body in your backyard?Hope she has family who have taken her under their wing for a while and she is not in the hospital.
      Everyone in that house knows who did this and no one has the balls to do the right thing, that is how this behavior flourishes.

    • Party Pooper
      September 25, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Odd, I wrote many of the same sentiments on another article about this crime. I think your assessment is spot on!

      • Really
        September 25, 2013 at 9:13 pm

        Thank you “party pooper”
        I want answers I don’t want this case to be forgotten and go cold pressure on I will be on top of this case following it to the T-
        The MEDIA has to keep putting updates on this case, so that the people don’t forget about doing the right thing.
        Pressure on!
        I want to hear that the party people pays for the funeral.
        I am sure they keep checking all the post on this matter, I want them to know that we the community want them to step up and do the right thing.

        • Party Pooper
          September 25, 2013 at 10:02 pm

          If the homeowner/ renter doesn’t step up to pay for this funeral, then Momma should get a lawyer and sue them for wrongful death or whatever charges could be made. maybe Momma will own her own home in the hood when all is said and done.
          If the cops got names when they went to investigate the shots fired complaints (should have), they should pressure all those people. They have to know something or at the least be accessories.

          • Really
            September 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm

            Totally right on:
            I wonder if this party animals will do anything to help this Mother?
            What’s taking so long to make some arrests?
            What’s the community doing to solve this crime?
            Stand up come Forward say who did it and the truth will set you FREE!

  2. September 24, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Linda, what do inmates families have to do with this? Go to ave I and 60th Saturday morning around 8am…there are families there. Mothers without sons, children without fathers. All victims of the same crime their loved one committed, but standing by their family.

  3. Neighborhood watch
    September 23, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I most say…
    My heart hurts from so much violence everywhere. I leave around the corner from the crime scene. I am not afraid because this are not criminals from our neighborhood, they come to make trouble from other places, that’s why is good to call the cups when you see unwanted elements in your neighborhood. I call the cups even if I see a car parked on my block that’s not familiar to me. The safety starts with you HOME oweners, don’t ignore unwanted elevents around your block, this will improve your safety and will reduce any future crimes.
    I don’t care who maybe having a party I call the police to shut them down right after 10pm.
    And i am keeping an eye on them to make sure they don’t leave a mess or cause any problems. I am over protective of my family and my neighborhood I will do what it takes to make sure my neighborhood is clean and safe. My next ocservation will have to be about the parents: why in the hell stupid parents aren’t on top of their stupid kids? Check your kids backpak their rooms their cells their friends.. The crime starts at home not in the streets, GUNs don’t kill- stupid Aholes do. Stop being a lazy parent and take care of business at home! Stop saying “oh it’s the AV its bad” no such a thing idiots! YOU are responsible for how you rase your kids and for not standing your ground, become a true care taker of what you have… Take a trip to Africa to really see what’s like to leave in fair! I will make it easier for you, whatch the true story of “The iron preacher” open your eyes and take action to be a better person AV is YOU And Me!! It’s not $$$ or EAST and WEST side you sound like you are bringing division in to the city. Only lazy weak parents have criminals as sons and daughters.
    In memory of this kid and other crime victemes, DO your part to watch over your neighborhood and be a better citizen, become a better parent! FEAR GOD.
    My prayer go to this family, it’s a shame you had to experience this nitemaer.
    Special thanks to the Sheriff Department… You guys rock! NO FEAR No Intimidation you guys do your job whole hearted. Be safe! I love Palmdale, God bless my Land.

    • R.I.Paradise 1st Born
      September 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Thank you, Neighborhood watch. I am the mother of this young man that was killed Saturday morning. I agree with about 95% of what you have said, and I appreciate you taking the time to comment on his story. I do want to make it known that my son did not have a weapon of any kind, and did not own a gun. My son was a young adult, going to a party to have fun with the females that he accompanied. He was actually patted down at the door of the party to ensure that he didn’t have any weapons before entering. My son was murdered senselessly. He died alone. He was only 22. And my heart is broken. My son wasn’t perfect, but I raised him to have good morals, values, and beliefs. When you child becomes an adult, they begin to make their own decisions, good and bad, and some just plain stupid. The decisions that adults make are not always a reflection of their parent’s upbringing, but their character is a huge reflection of that. Thank all of you who are sharing your condolences. This is a huge tragedy.

      • JW
        September 23, 2013 at 6:58 pm

        you should call our local new ch.3 272-0168. Sorry for your lost!

      • Neighborhood watch
        September 23, 2013 at 8:49 pm

        I am truly sorry for your loss, I can’t find the words to describe how upset i feel for your son’s death.
        I can tell by the way you project yourself in writing that you are a wonderful mother, please don’t take to offense my words, they are dedicated to the parents of the shooter. (S).
        I will pray for quick Justice.
        Peace be with you Mrs. Adams.

      • Rita
        September 23, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        I will pray for his soul.

    • sierra
      September 24, 2013 at 3:38 am

      Sis I love you so much please be strong we all know that your a wonderful mother and brought your children up at the best of your ability we all commend you on your awesome job I love you!!

      • R.I.Paradise 1st Born
        September 24, 2013 at 10:34 am

        Thank you, SiSi. This is getting harder every day.

  4. Sunshine
    September 23, 2013 at 7:10 am

    I’ve watched Palmdale change dramatically since I moved here in 2001. Now so many of the folks from east LA are moving here which in itself, is just fine. Unfortunately, the criminals are coming with them. It’s awful to have to worry about taking a walk in your own neighborhood for fear of coming into contact with some gang banger type or criminal of some kind. WHAT the hell is WRONG with these people? They need to get a freaking education and a life. They need to actually use their brains to BUILD something good- something they can be proud of, instead of destroying themselves, the neighborhood and the folks in it. A sad day for this young man, his family & friends and frankly, for Palmdale.

  5. Usersomeone
    September 23, 2013 at 1:39 am

    I was in my room watching on netflex on my iPod when I heard 2 shot I was like what the hell those are gun shot and I know how they sound since I own 2 then I heard a female scream and a guy yell then one more finally all yelling stopped and tires went screeching and I got scared closed everthing all doors and windows Finally. Called 911 and I leave very. Close to where he was found

    September 23, 2013 at 12:15 am


    • tiffany
      September 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      My heart go’s out to you and the baby stay with god

  7. sierra
    September 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    This is my nephew, my heart is truly broken da scum who took his life you killed a truly innocent man I hope justice prevails and you spend da rest of your life behind bars where you belong!! Oliver auntie loves you so much I pray God gives us all strength and bring peace to your beautiful soul.

    • Gemini
      September 22, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      My husband and I are very sorry for the loss of your nephew. Terrible shame. Please give our condolences to all the family. I pray to the Lord that the guilty party is caught soon and gets what he deserves. God Bless.

  8. Anonymous
    September 22, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Righr after the shootin less then 2 minuets later we saw a burgandy hond or toyta driving up an down the block very fast and crazy like they were looking for someone or tryig to get away from someone it seemed very suspicious

    • DrinkYourKoolAid
      September 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Please be sure to contact the sheriff’s department with that information.

    • R.I.Paradise 1st Born
      September 22, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      Just analyzing what you said, “after the shooting” a burgundy car was driving “up and down” the block VERY fast AND crazy. If I had already just finished shooting at someone, i would be in my car getting out of that neighborhood. Not bringing attention to myself by driving a highly noticeable (burgundy) car recklessly up and down a residential block that had just been awakened with gunfire. That makes me think that the people in the car may have been the friends that Oliver was with, looking for him. Thanks for confirming that part of the story. People have said his friends got in the car and left the area. Your story makes it sound like thats not the case.

      • sierra
        September 23, 2013 at 8:11 am

        I agree it sounds like they (his friends) were lookin for him, but thanks for your info any ways.

  9. AJ
    September 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Its sad how this world is today my prayers goes out to this young man and hdis family to the so called tough Guy who did it I pray you get caught and justice serve you right its sad to me because am 21 and it could have been me or any of us young black man so it hurts just knowing the killer is still out there “rip Oliver

  10. derriana
    September 22, 2013 at 10:07 am

    this is so sad to see rip to him , somebody knws wss going on but dnt wanna be considered a snitch forget snitching this guy is gone my prayers goess out to his family

  11. chantal govender
    September 22, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Truly sad and so young. Surely the person who threw this party should no something. All those were at the party should be interrogated this is so not fair an not acceptable u can’t jus use ur gun on any person if ur life is no threatened so this was a coward an if he ever has the guts he will come forward an admit he’s crime some could have witness the commission on the act someone had to have seen something I hope justice is served

  12. sheandraj@gmail.com
    September 22, 2013 at 7:35 am

    I love you Brother…. I know you was doing right the chick you was with knows more everybody keep telling me she have something to do with it…

  13. Bob
    September 22, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Nothing good happens after dark in Palmdale. Palmdale is extremely dangerous.

    • Linda
      September 22, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      Yes crime in the last 20 years has flourished in the Antelope Valley and I blame the damn prison as the families moved up here to be close to their homies.:(

  14. understand
    September 21, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    people just dont get it – you go to a party and just want to have a good time, but someone there may have a gun in their pocket – and that makes them feel powerful – they are DYING to pull it out and exercise that power, and impress their friends.. and be a “bad ass” –

    and you just happen to be the person he “purposely” bumps into – and you turn around and call him an Ahole and tell him to watch where he is going – but you don’t know that this is exactly what he wants – an enemy.

    And you fell for his trap.. he can now pull out his gun, and confront you, and he will relish in your fear – and he will chase you as you run, and he will shoot and kill you as you do (unless you get lucky)

    because one of the most basic instincts of man is “the predator and the prey” and so I do believe that when a person is chasing you with a gun, and he has a choice to either kill you or let you get away – he will kill you, even if there are severe consequences to being caught – because the predatory instinct is something built into all of us… and even more so for criminals who have no morals or code.. and who are sociopaths who not only don’t mind killing, but who look forward to their first time.

    And so when you go to a party filled with ghetto trash, gangbangers and thugs.. it might be YOU who ends up being the victim.

      September 22, 2013 at 10:58 am


      • sierra
        September 23, 2013 at 8:19 am

        I have to agree going to parties now adays is playing russian roulette that’s I just stay away from them.

    • ann
      September 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

      True, but the person that did the shooting may not have even been invited. Two of my neighbors have had parties for their teenagers, and ended up calling the cops when large groups of people whom they didn’t know were showing up, due to social media, and cell chain calls, things can get out of hand quick.

    • Linda
      September 22, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      AMEN to all of your post.

  15. Letlow
    September 21, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    This man could have probably been saved if his friends, party goers, sheriffs, anybody had found him immediately after the shooting. He signed his death warrant when he went into the backyard to hide. This is really messed up and sad! Please stop the violence!!!!

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