PALMDALE – A man was shot dead in Palmdale late Wednesday night (Feb. 27), authorities said.
The shooting was reported around 10:43 p.m. in the 38600 Block of 11th Street East in Palmdale, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau. Shortly after the incident, investigators blocked off the parking lot of the Courtyard Apartment Homes at 38665 11th Street East. Some deputies could be seen searching a Sport Utility Vehicle that was in the middle of the parking lot, while other deputies searched the parking lot with flashlights for clues.
The shooting victim was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, according the sheriff’s department’s press release.
The man’s name had not been released as of 1:30 p.m. Thursday, and detectives were releasing little details on the incident.
Residents at the Courtyard Apartment Homes spoke to reporters Thursday morning.
“It’s scary,” said Melissa Flores, who said she just moved into the complex about two months ago.
Damen Mangus Dozier said he was in his bathroom late Wednesday night when he heard a single gunshot. Then someone began banging on his door, and the person was hysterical, Dozier said.
“I didn’t open the door,” he said, adding that he feared for his safety. When deputies arrived on scene, they began going door-to-door at the complex advising everyone to stay inside, Dozier said.
Trenene Deans, whose bedroom window overlooks the parking lot of the complex, said she became aware of the incident when she heard a sheriff’s helicopter overhead.
“When I looked out my window I could see the police, and I see the guy laying there but he was still moving and stuff,” Deans said. She said the person on the ground in the parking lot appeared to be a young, heavyset Black male.
Shortly afterwards, deputies knocked on her door and questioned her, Deans said.
“They were just trying to get witnesses and information and stuff,” Deans said. “I was afraid because I have two sons.”
Apartment Manager Mayra Wright said deputies knocked on her door about 3 a.m., but she could not offer any information because she didn’t hear anything. Wright said the victim did not live at the complex, but deputies suspected the killer may have been living at the complex.
Wednesday’s shooting death happened about a block away from the site of another parking lot murder, which happened about four months ago.
Victor Miguel Enriquez, a confidential informant for the sheriff’s department, was stabbed to death on Oct. 17, 2012 in the parking lot of the Sonoma Apartment Homes in the 38500 Block of 11th Street East. (Read more here.)
Jonathan Duke, 23, and Alfred Crowder, 36, were ordered to trial for killing Enriquez.
Deans said she was aware of the stabbing death down the street, but there had been no such incidents at the Courtyard Apartment Homes in the three years that she had resided there.
“It’s pretty quiet here,” she said.
Anyone with information about this shooting is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
UPDATED @7:05 p.m., 2/28/13
This just in from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau:
Investigators have learned that Palmdale Sheriff’s deputies responded to the location regarding an assault with a deadly weapon call in progress. When deputies arrived at the location, they found a male adult victim (resident of Long Beach) suffering from multiple gunshots to his upper torso. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Further investigation revealed that the victim was standing with another male adult near a carport area within the apartment complex. The suspect, who emerged from a walkway, which leads from a courtyard area to the carport area, fired multiple times at the victim, striking him in the upper torso. The victim ran a few feet and collapsed.
The suspect, described as only a male Black adult, fled on foot in an unknown direction.
The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time.
UPDATED 3/1/13: The man shot and killed has been identified as 47-year-old Christopher Ragland of Long Beach, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.