LANCASTER – Two men were shot to death early Sunday morning after an overnight party in Lancaster, authorities said.
The homicides happened around 4:30 a.m. Sunday in the 44800 Block of Hanstead Avenue in Lancaster, according to Sgt. Rich Peña of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.
Detectives have learned that the victims were part of a group of men that had just left a party and were congregating in front of a house down the street. A verbal argument among the group turned into a physical altercation, Pena stated.
An eyewitness said he was in a house nearby when he heard a lady screaming for everybody to ‘get in the house!’
“Maybe like a minute later, I heard maybe like six [or] seven gunshots. [I] came outside and saw a guy chasing another guy,” said Gary, who did not give his last name. “I didn’t see exactly where he chased him to, I just seen him trying to get away.”
An unknown assailant shot the two men multiple times in the upper torso, Pena stated.
Several cars were seen leaving the area but very little suspect information has been uncovered at this point, detectives said.
The incident is still under investigation and homicide detectives are asking for anyone with information concerning this crime to call detectives at 323-890-5500.
To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips (8477).
UPDATED @ 6/24/13: The men shot and killed in Lancaster early Sunday morning have been identified as 33-year-old Nicky DeWayne Packard of Lancaster and 22-year-old Michael Sewell Jr. of Lancaster, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.