PALMDALE – Several tenants were evacuated, as more than a dozen deputies, a sheriff’s helicopter and Special Enforcement Bureau members surrounded the La Quinta Apartments in Palmdale Saturday, where a gunman was believed to be hiding after shooting two people.
Hours later, the incident ended without an arrest. The victims were not being cooperative with investigators working to determine the motive and suspect wanted in connection with the shooting, according to deputy John Cereoli of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
“They’re not saying much, they’re still being interviewed,” Cereoli said Saturday night.
The incident began around 3:20 p.m., Saturday at the La Quinta Apartments on 11th Street East, near Palmdale Boulevard.
“We got a lot of calls about a shooting there, and we responded. We found a couple of people there with gunshot wounds,” Cereoli said.
One man was shot in the hand, and another man was shot in the leg, Cereoli said. Both victims were in their 20s, and their injuries were not life threatening, he said.
“We believed there possibly was a shooter in a building; we had the building surrounded,” Cereoli said.
Tenants in the immediate area were evacuated from their apartments, as authorities made repeated commands for the shooter to exit one of the apartments.
Cereoli said authorities eventually made entry, when a relative arrived on scene with keys to the apartment.
“There was no one inside the apartment,” he said.
The whole incident lasted about five and a half hours, according to Cereoli. The shooting was possibly gang related, but detectives have not confirmed that, Cereoli said.
No further information on the victims or the suspect was made available Saturday night. The incident remains under investigation.