Lancaster – An investigation is underway after a 34-year-old man was shot and killed while stopped at a red light in Lancaster Sunday night, authorities said.
The shooting happened around 8:32 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 near the intersection of West Avenue K and 20th Street West, according to Deputy Kim Manatt of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.
The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was driving west on Avenue K and was stopped at the red light at 20th Street West, officials said.
“The suspect pulled alongside the victim’s vehicle and shot several rounds from a firearm at the victim,” Mannatt stated. “As the victim drove through the intersection, the suspect fired several more times at the victim. The victim was struck multiple times in the upper torso and was pronounced dead at the scene,” Mannatt stated.
A Jack in the Box employee said she heard about three to four gunshots, and then she saw a dark blue car jump the center divider, cross the eastbound lanes and swerve into the Albertsons Shopping Center. She saw a silver car speeding away, west on Avenue K, the witness said.
The suspect, described only as male, and the murder weapon are outstanding, according to Mannatt.
No further information was immediately available Monday morning.
Anyone with information on this incident is urged 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-TIPS (8477).
UPDATED 1/21/14: The victim has been identified as 34-year-old Lancaster resident Erik Ungerman. And the suspected gunman has been identified as 40-year-old Jeremy Whitman, who was found dead the morning after the murder from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Read our updated story here.