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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.